Did you know that you can make rice pilaf at home without a box of Rice a Roni? Yep, it’s actually very easy. I had never made it before but had an idea of what the process would be. I was very pleased with how it turned out and it was a hit with my husband who is a pilaf fan!
That’s one more prepackaged food gone from my pantry! I’ve already done away with pancake and biscuit mixes. I try not to use boxed cake mix unless I’m in a real time crunch. I’m finding that keeping a well stocked pantry makes it easy to make most everything from scratch.
1 cup long grain white rice (I used Basmati)
3 TBSP orzo pasta
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1 bay leaf
2 cups water
1 TBSP chicken bouillon paste
1 TBSP dried parsley flakes
- Heat butter and oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add rice and orzo and cook until lightly browned.
- Add onion and bay leaf, stir until onion is translucent.
- Add water, bouillon and parsley; stir until well combined.
- Allow to come to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover.
- Cook for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
- I think I will add a little minced fresh garlic next time, when adding the onion.
- If you don’t have Better Than Bouillon paste, a cube of bouillon would work fine.
- You could use chicken broth instead of water for a stronger chicken flavor.