Rice Pilaf With Orzo

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Easy to make Rice Pilaf is a family favorite side dish recipe! Made with shallot or onion, orzo pasta for color and texture, jasmine rice, chicken stock and herbs. It makes a great side dish with fish, seafood, chicken, or beef.

Rice Pilaf with browned orzo added for a delicious flavor and texture in a skillet. It's a family favorite side dish recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


I can't believe I totally forgot about my blogiversary on April 26th and just realized today! It's hard to believe I've been sharing my favorite recipes for 6 years now and this Rice Pilaf with Orzo is no exception. 

When Colt and I first became married we made a lot of those boxed Rice Pilaf mixes you find at the grocery store, but as we had the kids, and started to feed a growing family I found homemade Rice Pilaf just as easy to make, way more affordable, and so much better overall. Plus I always prefer knowing exactly what it is I'm feeding the kids.

There's probably a million different versions of Rice Pilaf but I decided on this occasion to keep it simple with some browned orzo. The nutty flavor and texture of the orzo adds a wonderful contrast to a simple dish that will pair well with just about any main dish.

Rice Pilaf with Orzo will quickly became a highly requested side dish at the dinner table and family favorite!

Here's how I make Rice Pilaf:



Shallots and Orzo Pasta in a large saute pan.

In a large sauté pan with a tight fitting lid add 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil and heat over medium-high heat until starting to become hot. 

Add: 
  • 1/4 cup Minced Shallot or Onion 
  • 3/4 Uncooked Orzo Pasta
Sauté until orzo becomes toasty brown and shallots or onion are softened.

Jasmine rice stirred into brown orzo in a large sauté pan.

Stir in 3/4 cup Jasmine Rice or White Long Grain Rice and cook until rice starts to become translucent. 

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Stir in:
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is tender.

Rice Pilaf with Orzo Recipe is a family favorite side dish that is easy to make from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Fluff with a fork and stir in 1 tablespoons of butter if desired. It's great with seafood, chicken, and pork chops.


In case you have a cupboard full of those boxed rice mixes you might want to use them up before making the homemade version of Rice Pilaf with Orzo. Once you go to scratch you'll never want to go back! 

Other favorite Rice Side Dish Recipes our family loves are:





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Rice Pilaf with Orzo

Rice Pilaf with Orzo

Easy to make Rice Pilaf with Orzo is a family favorite side dish recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
5 out of 5 based on 3 user ratings
prep time: 8 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 28 M

ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Shallots or Onion, Minced
  • 3/4 cup Orzo Pasta, Uncooked
  • 3/4 cup Jasmine Rice or White Long Grain Rice
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1  tablespoons Butter, Softened

instructions:

How to cook Rice Pilaf with Orzo

  1. In a large saute pan with a tight fitting lid add olive oil and heat over medium-high heat until starting to become hot.
  2. Add shallots and orzo. Stir until orzo becomes golden brown and shallots are softened.
  3. Stir in rice and cook until translucent.
  4. Add chicken stock, herbs, and salt.
  5. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cover.
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is tender, and liquid is absorbed.
  7. Stir in butter until melted.
Calories
243.26
Fat (grams)
8.41
Sat. Fat (grams)
2.33
Carbs (grams)
33.84
Fiber (grams)
1.52
Net carbs
32.32
Sugar (grams)
3.93
Protein (grams)
7.67
Sodium (milligrams)
366.42
Cholesterol (grams)
8.69
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Easy to make Rice Pilaf with Orzo is a family favorite side dish recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Rice Pilaf Recipe with Orzo is a family favorite side dish recipe thats easy to make from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

5 comments

  1. Can long grain rice be used instead of had
    jasmine rice?

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  2. Hi Nancy, Yes long grain rice would work. Thanks, Serena

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  3. Could this be made in an instant pot?

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    1. Hi Catherine, I haven't tried it but it seems like it should work! You would just need to adjust the cook time accordingly. -Thanks Serena

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  4. Serena, I would just like to say that this dish is simple, easy to make and delicious! It will be one of my "keeper" recipes for sure. Interestingly enough, my husband - who is not fond of either rice or pasta - asked me to make it again tonight! I made it for the first time two nights ago to accompany sweet and sour meatballs - YUM!

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