Vegetable Rice Pilaf

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Rice pilaf is a simple side that is easy to amp up into a main dish with the addition of vegetables or meat, like in this Vegetable Rice Pilaf.

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be as hearty or light as you like, depending on the vegetables you choose to add and whether or not you choose to add meat to the dish.

Serve with some grilled chicken on the side or chop it up and stir into the rice, this vegetable-filled rice pilaf makes a memorable side dish or a great vegetarian meal on its own.

To get the most flavor when making rice pilaf first toast your orzo in butter. When almost browned you’ll add in the garlic and onion. Finally, add the chicken stock and rice.

Vegetable Lover's Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf with Vegetables

This dish can be made with any leftover vegetables you have on hand. I can’t think of a single vegetable that isn’t delicious in this rice pilaf.

I love grilling extra vegetables just for recipes like this one. My family’s favorite vegetable combination for this recipe is zucchini and red bell pepper.

If you don’t already have cooked vegetables on hand, not a problem. Just saute or roast your favorites while the rice is cooking.

Mushrooms and broccoli are always a great combination and in rice pilaf, topped with a little shredded parmesan cheese, it’s a truly winning combination.

skillet of rice pilaf with vegetables

Vegetable Rice Pilaf Ingredients

  • butter
  • orzo
  • onion
  • garlic
  • white rice
  • chicken stock
  • cooked vegetables 
  • kosher salt
Vegetable filled Rice Pilaf

Easy Rice Pilaf Recipe

  1. Begin by cooking the vegetables of your choice. When the vegetables have finished cooking, chop them into bite-size pieces.
  2. To make the rice pilaf, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the orzo. Cook the orzo, stir constantly, until it all turns a golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and onion, cook for about a minute longer. Pour the broth and the rice into the skillet, increase the heat to high, stir and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to low (make sure it is simmering still) and cover with lid.
  4. Simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 18-20 minutes. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and stir to mix throughout. Remove from heat, let stand for a few minutes and then fluff with a fork before adding the roasted vegetables to the rice.
  5. Taste the rice and add more salt, only as needed. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.
Rice Pilaf with Vegetables

For a couple more great ways to use leftover vegetables, try these vegetable-loaded quesadillas, vegetable fried rice, or a breakfast frittata.

Vegetable filled Rice Pilaf

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is a simple side that is easy to amp up into a main dish with the addition of vegetables or meat, like in this Vegetable Rice Pilaf.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked vegetables cut bite-size
  • ¼-½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Begin by cooking the vegetables of your choice. When the vegetables have finished cooking, chop them bite-size.
  • To make the rice pilaf, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the orzo. Cook the orzo, while constantly stirring, until it all turns a golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and onion, cook for about a minute longer. Pour the broth and the rice into the skillet, increase the heat to high, stir and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to low (make sure it is simmering still) and cover with lid.
  • Simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 18-20 minutes. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and stir to mix throughout. Remove from heat, let stand for a few minutes and then fluff with a fork before adding the roasted vegetables to the rice.
  • Taste the rice and add more salt, only as needed. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal · Carbohydrates: 60g · Protein: 12g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 15mg · Sodium: 388mg · Potassium: 428mg · Fiber: 4g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 3203IU · Vitamin C: 9mg · Calcium: 41mg · Iron: 2mg
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Vegetable filled Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Rice Pilaf

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