Veggie Essentials: Rice with Peas and Carrots

Andy Anderson !


Okay, this dish is so easy/peasy to create that you’ve probably made a variation of it a thousand times. My own take on this classic dish is simple… I want to taste peas, and I want to taste carrots.

So, I dropped all the usual suspects, like onions, shallots and additional spices. Plus, I eliminated the oil, and headed straight to the cow… yes, that’s right… nice sweet butter.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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2 - 3
10 Min
10 Min
Stove Top



  • 1/2 c
    long-grain white rice, cooked al dente
  • 1/2 c
    fresh (or frozen) green peas
  • 1/2 c
    carrots, freshly cubed
  • 3 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Veggie Essentials: Rice with Peas and Carrots


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Chef's Note: Cook the rice according to package directions; however, use 1/4 less water. I want toothy rice; not soggy rice.
  4. Chef's Tip: The measurement of 1/2 cup of rice is its precooked/dry volume. Since rice expands as it cooks, if you use 1/2 cup of cooked rice, you won't have enough.
  5. Cover and place the rice in the fridge, overnight, before proceeding.
  6. Add the butter to a sauté pan over medium heat.
  7. When the foaming subsides add the peas and carrots.
  8. Toss in the pan, and keep them moving, until the carrots begin to soften, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  9. Add the rice, and toss with the veggies, about an additional 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat, and season with some salt and pepper.
  11. Chef’s Tip: Don’t be tempted to add additional spices, onions, or anything else, just some rice with, fresh garden peas, and carrots, lovingly sautéed in sweet butter (from a happy cow), and a bit of salt and pepper. That’s all this recipe needs.
  13. Eat on its own, or serve it as a side with your favorite protein. Enjoy.
  14. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Veggie Essentials: Rice with Peas and Carrots

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

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