Homemade Rice Pilaf (Healthy Rice-A-Roni) Recipe

Homemade Rice Pilaf, also known as Healthy Rice-A-Roni, is a flavorful and nutritious side dish that is easy to make at home. This version of the classic rice dish is made with brown rice, orzo pasta, and a blend of aromatic spices. The rice and orzo are toasted in butter before being cooked in broth, resulting in a deliciously nutty and fragrant pilaf. Serve the homemade rice pilaf as a side dish with grilled chicken or roasted vegetables.

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22minstotal
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20minsCook
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Ingredients for Homemade Rice Pilaf (Healthy Rice-A-Roni) Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Brown Rice
  • 0.13 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter
  • 0.13 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 0.13 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 0.13 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth

Directions: Homemade Rice Pilaf (healthy Rice-a-roni) Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the orzo pasta and cook until golden brown.
  • STEP 2.Add the brown rice, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  • STEP 3.Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet. Simmer for 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  • STEP 4.Fluff the rice pilaf with a fork before serving.

Cooking Tips

  • Toasting the orzo pasta in butter adds a nutty flavor to the rice pilaf.
  • You can add diced vegetables like carrots, peas, or bell peppers for extra color and texture.
  • For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Storage and Serving

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat the rice pilaf in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water or broth.
  • Serve as a side dish with grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, or as a base for stir-fries.
Nutrition
value
314
calories per serving
4 g Fat21 g Protein46 g Carbs2 g FiberOther

Current Totals

  • Fat
    4g
  • Protein
    21g
  • Carbs
    46g
  • Fiber
    2g

MacroNutrients

  • Carbs
    46g
  • Protein
    21g
  • Fiber
    2g

Fats

  • Fat
    4g

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
    18mg
  • Iron
    2mg
  • Vitamin A
    8mcg
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    5mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
    6mcg
  • Vitamin B12
    0mcg
  • Vitamin C
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin E
    < 1mg
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
    50mg
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
    186mg
  • Selenium
    14mcg
  • Zinc
    2mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp