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Want an Easy Rice Pilaf recipe?  Are you still making it from a box? Time to kiss that boxed stuff goodbye!  Not only is this easy but it’s Delish-IOUS!  A perfect side dish for any meal!

Easy Rice Pilaf

I have always been a sucker for the stuff in a box aka Rice A Roni! Well, the taste certainly is a treat.  But all those preservatives can’t be good for you! Out with that boxed stuff and in with the homemade.

I am so glad I did.  Homemade really does taste much better and it is just as easy as the boxed stuff! My favorite part is toasting the orzo pasta in the butter.  That nutty smell! Divine!

This side dish finds its way to my table along with so many dishes!   It pairs perfectly with Lemon & Garlic Glazed Chicken and these Fontina Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce.  YUM!  Hey if you are in a hurry just grab a rotisserie chicken from your deli make this Rice Pilaf and a quick salad! Dinner is done in no time!

Garlic and Lemon Glazed Chicken

Now here is my favorite part! Start melting that butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast that orzo baby until it’s perfect golden brown deliciousness! Add in some diced onion and minced garlic. Stir, stir for a minute so this doesn’t burn!

Orzo and Rice in Skillet

Mix in the rice and pour in that chicken broth.  Cover, turn up to high to bring to a boil. Add salt and parsley. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the liquid is absorbed!  Takes about 20 to 25 minutes!  Enjoy!

Rice Pilaf


Easy Rice Pilaf
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Rice Pilaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nikki Lee
Want an Easy Rice Pilaf recipe?  Are you still making it from a box? Time to kiss that boxed stuff goodbye!  Not only is this easy but it's Delish-IOUS!  A perfect side dish for any meal!
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  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cup orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, to taste


  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo pasta and cook until golden brown.
  • Add in onion and cook until translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir so that the garlic does not burn.
  • Mix in the rice and chicken broth. Turn up to high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add parsley and salt. Cover and reduce to medium-low and simmer until liquid has been absorbed and the rice is fluffy and tender. Approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and garnish if fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 132kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 16g (5%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 6g (9%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 18mg (6%) Sodium: 774mg (34%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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