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Vermicelli Rice Pilaf

 Vermicelli Rice Pilaf
At the holidays, I use butter and white rice in this recipe, just like my mom and generations of Armenian women did. But most days I saute the vermicelli in olive oil and substitute brown rice for white. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup broken uncooked vermicelli (1-inch pieces)
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh chives, optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add
  • vermicelli; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Add
  • rice, broth, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from
  • heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork. If desired, top with chives. Yield: 8 servings.