French Onion Rice Pilaf is full of savory flavor! It's a side dish that's as easy to make as it is delicious with only a little bit of work at the beginning an then you let your stove do it's thing so you can attend to the rest of your meal!
French Onion Rice Pilaf
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We are totally a rice packet family. Up until very recently, I've never actually made rice pilaf on my own. I always just made the packets because they were so darn easy and pretty tasty.
But I finally decided that it's time I made my own rice pilaf. Now you'll notice I used one of those tasty french onion soup mix packets (hence why it's called a french onion rice pilaf recipe). Gimme a break on this. They're an excellent short cut to get tons of flavor with minimal effort.
Common questions about making rice pilaf with orzo:
- What is rice pilaf? Traditionally, rice pilaf is rice cooked in seasoned broth. It's often fried in oil first until golden. You can add various veggies and spices.
- Is orzo rice? No, orzo is a short-cut pasta that goes well in rice pilaf. You can also use vermicelli, just make sure you cut it down first.
- How long does rice pilaf cook? Recipes will vary, but my recipe takes around 35-40 minutes total. But don't worry, 30 minutes of that is inactive time for you.
- Can you substitute olive oil? Yes. The flavor will be a little different but still totally delicious!
French Onion Rice Pilaf Recipe
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- ⅓ cup orzo pasta
- 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth (you can also use chicken broth if you prefer)
- 1 packet french onion soup seasoning
- Melt butter in a medium pot over medium high heat.
- Add rice and orzo and cook until they start to get golden stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
- While the rice cooks, bring the broth to a boil in another pan.
- Add the onion soup seasoning to the rice and stir to combine.
- Slow pour the boil broth into the rice (be careful because it bubbles up quite a bit).
- Cover and reduce heat to medium low.
- Simmer for 20 minutes and then turn off the heat and let the covered pot sit on the hot burner for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the cover and fluff the rice with a spoon. Serve immediately.
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