Rice Pilaf

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Adapted from recipe by Sarah at allrecipes.com 

 

This recipe lists orzo (pasta) as one of the ingredients, but the first time I made this rice pilaf, I did not have any orzo on hand.  I substituted thin spaghetti for the orzo, snapping the long spaghetti into small pieces, and it was fine.  If you like Rice-a Roni©, this will become your new favorite side dish.  It is easy to adapt this recipe to whatever you are planning for dinner by simply changing the broth, herbs and spices.  Also, a pinch of red pepper flakes gives it a nice little zing.  Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup orzo
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
2 cups chicken broth

 

Directions

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1. On a low heat, melt butter in a lidded skillet.  Add onions, cook and stir until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

 

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2.  Add garlic and orzo, cook for about 1 minute.

 

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3. Add rice and chicken broth.  Turn up the heat and bring mixture to a boil.

 

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4. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from heat (leave the lid on), and let stand for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and serve.

 

 

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