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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
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 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 five ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley; stir in 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.

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vstern User ID: 4035754 247369
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!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 241686
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."

AdrianneKathleen User ID: 7810435 3666
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

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

marniehook User ID: 2771510 3238
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

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

Uqaq User ID: 4935502 1910
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

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

AnnaCerasani User ID: 5544064 3725
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!"

dls5799 User ID: 5674481 2446
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."

chand002 User ID: 3610678 1909
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

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

Tina cooks 2 User ID: 4567936 2405
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."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 778
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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