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Herbed Rice Pilaf Recipe

Herbed Rice Pilaf Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Herbed Rice Pilaf

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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."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"About to make this a second time in one week! Hubby loved it. I didn't have the soup mix so I subbed a spoonful of chicken soup base, but I bet some chicken boullion granules would work too. Didn't have pimentos either, but this was so good they were not missed!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"So easy and quick! My husband had thirds of this rice. I did add a small amount of green and red pepper because my husband loves them. Next time I am leaving them out because I'm sure this doesn't need them. I served it with fish. I wouldn't hesitate to make this for company."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"This recipe is incredibly good! We use it all the time and pair it with the lemon grilled salmon recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"I have made this dish over and over, my family loves it!! My 12 year old son can make this with no help, it is a great basic recipe to learn."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"This was very good and easy to prepare. I didnt believe 1 cup of rice really feeds 6 but it did! If you want an easy tasty rice pilaf, this is the one."

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