Herbed Rice Pilaf Recipe
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Herbed Rice Pilaf Recipe

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This savory side dish has been a family favorite for years. Our 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer, is an expert with this recipe, which is a great help for a busy working mom like me. We sure enjoy this rice dish in the summer with a grilled entree. -Jeri Dobrowski, Beach, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 package (2 to 2-1/2 ounces) chicken noodle soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimientos, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 226 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook the rice, celery and onion in butter, stirring constantly, until rice is browned. Stir in the next six ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the pimientos if desired.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Rice Pilaf in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p31

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"For me this recipe tasted a lot like stuffing. Yum! I really liked this rice, my husband said it was just alright!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"I prepared this recipe tonight and, wow, is this good!! I followed the recipe exactly and made no changes and we gobbled it down. Needless to say, we will be having this recipe again. Absolutely delicious and so easy I would even serve it to company it is so good. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"A little salty and a little soggy, nxt time I'll use a little less broth. Very good tho!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I made it for a dinner and paired it with Baked Salmon and got rave reviews from all the guests."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"my kids are not rice eaters, but they love this."

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