Rice Pilaf

Total Time:
20 min
2 min
18 min

4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup thin spaghetti, broken into 1 inch pieces, about 1/6 of a 1 pound box of dried pasta
  • 3/4 cup white enriched rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
  • Salt

In a medium saucepan melt butter over moderate heat. Add thin spaghetti bits and rice and brown for 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth or water, salt and pepper, and bring liquid to a full boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer and cook rice 18 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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    This is a good recipe for rice pilaf. I added more butter and used chix bouillon with water and it turned out sooo flavorful. Sometimes I will grate a tad bit of garlic in just before adding the liquid.
    I made this recipe thinking it would be flavorless but I was wrong. I really enjoyed it and feel its very flavorful, for a simple rice pilaf. The kids loved it too. Will make it again.
    I've made this recipe and it's awesome. I've also used Orzo, but I had to adjust the cooking time, but it was awesome too. I like recipes that don't have 1,000 ingredients. Thank you Rachel.
    This is a good basic recipe and very easy to make. I sometimes cook some onion in the butter before adding the rice and pasta. I always add cumin along with the salt and pepper, and when the dish is done, I add a handful of frozen peas and put the lid back on for a minute or two so they are cooked. Then I fluff the pilaf with the peas in it. My whole family love this dish!
    I haven't actually made it yet, but this is the way my mom made it. i'm going to try it. I know it will be good. Thanks for posting it, Rachael.
    I love it!! I've made it several times because I love pasta and rice, in fact I crave them both! Nope, not pregnant...thank God! I've tried rice pilaf out before, but they use wild rice and just too many spices. This is perfect! Thank you for this simple recipe that taste great!! I'll be making this more often and will also be adding some other ingredients too.
    I love this recipe and make it often for my "picky eaters"...children, adults who are not adventurous, etc. I saute onions or shallots in the butter first and add a little fresh parsley for color. Big hit and the base recipe can be as fancy or basic as you like by adding other ingrediants.
    This is the first time I've made rice pilaf from scratch. It was very tasty and easy to make. I added corn and fresh herbs in mine for a slight variation. Will do again! 
    Love this recipe easy to make and delicious! I I used organic spaghetti, jasmine rice ,1 1/2 of broth made from "Better Than Boullion" Turkey base brand mix. Browned the pasta for about 2 minutes before adding the rice then browned about 3 more minutes. I did add a shake of garlic powder to it. added a sliced green onion. and lemon herb spice.  
    This is the first time, I cant wait to make different styles of this, with Brown Rice, 
    Go away Rice a Roni go away. This has a lot less salt in it. Thanks for the idea Rachel!
    This is my families new favorite rice pilaf - prior to this it was near east - this recipe lets us control the amount of salt in the dish which is terrific. I make this using orzo in the place of spaghetti and brown rice instead of white, unsalted beef or chicken broth depending on the protein we are having that evening. Great! Thanks Rachael!
    I used half Orzo and Half Vermicelli. I used 2 cups of broth made from "Better Than Bullion" brand mix. Browned the pasta for about 2 minutes before adding the rice then browned about 3 more minutes. I did add a shake of garlic powder to it. Since I tried it the first time, I've made some variations to go w/ different dishes and I've also added different veggies to it for variations...corn, peas, green beans, etc.. for flavor variations I substituted the following:
     Beef: 2 Cups Beef Bullion
     Pork: 1 Cup Beef Bullion & 1 Cup Chicken
     Vegetable: 2 Cups Vegetable Bullion
     Oriental: 1 Cup Vegetable Bullion & 1 Cup Beef Bullion
     all turned out very good!
    I had everything already in my pantry so I just ran with it and made some modifications. I used 1/3 cup of broken wheat pasta, 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1/3 cup of orzo. Sauted one shallot in the butter. Then I added some salt, pepper, dried parsley, garlic powder and a pinch of oregano to the chicken broth. I definitely had to use more than the 1 1/2 cups of broth that Rachel asks for. Since the rice needed more liquid to cook, I kept adding a little water so that it wouldn't be too salty. It turned out really good and I will be making it again!
    When searching for a pilaf recipe, this was exactly what I wanted--just a guide on how much pasta/rice vs. liquid. I sauteed some asparagus with onions and peppers, seasoned it up, tossed it in with the cooked pilaf and added just a touch more butter. SOO good! Husband thought it was quite tasty.
    Easy to make but a little flavor less. I see that many people added onions or veggies. That might help.
    I needed a side dish in a hurry - guests were coming!!! Had plenty of meat, plenty of veggies, but what else??
     I had rice, I had orzo - that can make rice pilaf, right? But how?? No prob. Found this great EASY recipe and voila! Meal saved! Guests loved it!
    Easy, quick, and everything's on hand in my cupboard! I fixed this with grilled salmon. It was a perfect complement to the dinner. Thanks!
    Everyone loved this!
    Recipe was very good. I added a little grandulated garlic and pepper flakes.
     Something I will use quite often.
    This recipe was so easy to follow and a big hit at our potluck
    This is a perfect side dish. You can add anything and everything to this mix. use chicken or beef stock. Add broc or any other veggies. I have made this a few times and everytime i add somethig different. It is perfect everytime.
    I think that this is the best rice pilaf that I have had plus it has less salt and taste fresher,and it's easy to make Thanks Racheal Ray your the best Dannell Thornton
    This is a very easy to make. Simple quick and fast. It tastes good to.
    Tasted good but sorta bland
    1) boil water or stock 2) add pasta or rice. These are instructions, not a recipe.
    Ok, so basically we're making simple rice with a little broken spaghetti. Um, not very imaginative. I'd rather have rice a roni, the San Francisco Treat.
    It was really good and easy!
    This was such an easy receipe, and very yummy!!
    I always make extra so I have leftovers. Add grated cheese chopped tomato and it is out of this world. Even when it make it at times I will saute onion or garlic. Great compliment to lamb, pork or chicken.
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