This rice pilaf recipe is super quick and easy. It whips up in 10 minutes on a busy weeknight, which I love, AND it’s packed with flavor.
My mom used to make a similar recipe when we were kids and I adapted it to include mushrooms. I know that not everybody loves mushrooms, but you could swap them for carrots if you wanted to. Her original recipe also included 1 Tbsp. of parsley, but I never have that, so I never use it.
Meal prep tips
If you want to prep ahead for this recipe, you can chop all of the veggies a day or two before you need to make this. Using instant Minute Rice is really what brings the cooking time down to next to nothing, so if you’re going to use regular rice, remember to adjust the liquid and cooking time according to the type of rice you buy.
Rice pilaf pairs well with…
I usually make this as a side dish with chicken or pork. The rosemary garlic marinade and the lemon herb marinade are our go-tos when pairing chicken or pork with this rice.
I want to say that this recipe is kid-friendly, but only two of my four kids like it. If your kids aren’t fans of cooked vegetables, foods that are mixed together, or “green things” (thyme) in their food, this recipe might not be for them. But here’s the good news: My new e-book Feeding Picky Eaters is now on the Shop page. It has over 20 strategies to help you engage your picky eaters at mealtime, as well as printable templates and actionable steps that you can implement immediately.
Enjoy this one and tag me on Instagram @toobusylivin204 if you make it!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup diced mushrooms
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 cups chicken broth (I use vegetable broth + 2 tsp. chicken bouillon concentrate)
- 2 cups Minute Rice If not using instant rice, cook time will be longer.
Melt butter and sauté mushrooms, celery, shallot and garlic until softened.
Add thyme, then chicken broth.
Bring to a boil. Add rice, stir and remove from heat.
Let stand for 10 minutes.
If using regular rice (not instant), add it to the pan before the broth and stir it into the vegetables before adding the broth.
You may have to adjust the amount of broth you need, based on the ratio of water you need for the type of rice you choose to use.