Rice Pilaf With Pasta

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A basic rice pilaf that even the pickiest eaters will love. From the smallest of toddlers to your elderly neighbors, this recipe will please them all with basic ingredients right from your pantry.

Feel free to make it your own by adding raisins, golden raisins, mushrooms or whatever you have on hand. Great with grilled chicken or fish or as a light, vegetarian meal in itself.

Photo shown is with the addition of a few handfuls of craisins and about a TB. of freshly grated orange zest, added a minute or two before the end of cooking time.


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15 Min
20 Min


  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
    long grain rice
  • 1/2 c
    tiny pasta (orzo) or spaghetti broken into 1 inch lengths
  • 2 3/4 c
    chicken broth (i like to use "better than bouillon"
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 medium
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 clove
  • 1 medium
  • 1 pkg
    toasted almonds
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground pepper

How to Make Rice Pilaf With Pasta


  1. Melt butter in a large, deep skillet or Dutch Oven.
  2. Add rice, pasta, carrots and onions and saute until onion is soft and rice begins to turn golden brown. Add garlic during last minute.
  3. Stir in broth, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Cover and simmer on low for approximately 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Add parsley and check seasonings. Sometimes you have to add more salt depending on how salty your chicken broth is.
  5. Place in serving dish and top with toasted almonds right before serving.

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About Rice Pilaf With Pasta

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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