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Homemade Rice Pilaf

Fluffy rice pilaf, a perfect side dish to complete any meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Erin


  • 2 tbsp butter can substitute 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • ½ cup orzo or spaghetti/vermicelli pasta broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp onion powder minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups chicken beef, or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon parsley or thyme or both dried or fresh minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • pinch pepper


  • If using vermicelli or thin spaghetti instead of orzo, you will need to break it off into tiny ½ inch long strands. A food processor works great for this because it chops it up in about 20 seconds.
  • In a medium pot, add the butter (or olive oil), vegetables, small pasta pieces, and rice. 
  • Saute on medium high heat until pasta becomes toasted and browned.
  • Immediately add stock, vinegar, seasonings and herbs, and bring to a boil. Stir, lower heat, cover and steam on lowest setting for 20 minutes.
  • Remove lid, remove from heat, and fluff with a fork!