Almost Classic Rice Pilaf

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"Now, this is the recipe, MOM used to call Rice Pilaf. Very simple to prepare. I can't say it is completely classic, because there are SO any versions these days; and so many 'versions' of what is actually classic. Traditionally, it should be cooked in an oven; but this I cook on the stove. And,many recipes have pasta ... but, that is not traditional. So, hence the 'Almost Classic' title. However, this is what I like. This serves 4 servings; but I always double the recipe, it freezes well."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (154.7 g)
  • Calories 243
  • Total Fat - 7.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.8 mg
  • Sodium - 76.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 0.9 g
  • Protein - 5.7 g
  • Calcium - 20.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Onions ... Add 1 tablespoon of the butter to a medium heat pot, add the onions and saute 1-2 minutes; but don't let them brown.

Step 2

Rice ... Add the remaining butter and rice; stir until the rice is completely coated with the butter and onion mixture; Let the rice get a touch brown, about 3-4 minutes. Don't let it burn.

Step 3

Liquid ... Add the broth (also, I always use low sodium when possible); along with the thyme sprig, bay leaf, and carrots. You can use dried thyme if necessary. Bring to a light boil and then reduce immediately to a simmer (low heat), cover, and cook 15-25 minutes (according to package directions); until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Step 4

Remove from the heat and let it set covered for 5 minutes. Then add the parsley, all purpose seasoning; season with salt and pepper. I prefer not to add too much salt, as the broth can be salty, but that is up to you.

Step 5

Serve .... ENJOY! A simple classic dish.

Tips & Variations

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I didn't know where to get dehydrated carrots so I just used finely chopped fresh carrots and they worked perfectly . Very tasty rice and much enjoyed with grilled pork chops. Yummers!

review by:
(22 Aug 2019)


Very nice it didn't have a lot of flavor but still we enjoyed it.

review by:
(21 Apr 2017)