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Rice Pilaf-with Vermicelli or orzo

Rice Pilaf Recipe

This fluffy, buttery Rice Pilaf, infused with incredible flavor from sauteing in butter and cooking in seasoned chicken broth, with vermicelli (or orzo), creates a classic side dish for a holiday meal or weeknight dinner.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword Rice, Rice Pilaf, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 334kcal



  • In a saucepan over medium heat add 4 tablespoons butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and paprika, cayenne, and when it starts to boil, reduce heat to low.
  • In a large, deep skillet, over medium heat, add 4 tablespoons butter.  Saute the chopped onion in butter until it is soft and translucent.
  • Add vermicelli and cook for about 4 or 5 minutes until it is browned. (Be careful not to burn.)
  • Add rice and cook for about 5 minutes or until it looks bright white.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Pour broth into the skillet with rice, cover and cook until rice is cooked about 15 to 20 minutes.



Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg