Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orzo and Rice Pilaf with Pignoli and Parmesan Cheese

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is an old family favorite that we love to serve with grilled or roast meat. It is our version of a commercial rice product that was quite popular years ago. Appetites are hardy in our family and it reached a point where the prepared mix cost nearly as much as the meat it was supposed to accompany. That didn't compute, so we came up with our own rice mix. Pilaf is one of those dishes that spans cultures and geographical regions. A more thorough examination of its rootless nature can be found here. This recipe is quite simple and if your family enjoys rice-based dishes I think they'll like this one. The cheese topping is optional but it is a very nice addition that you probably will want to try. The recipe can easily be doubled. Here's how it's made.

Orzo and Rice Pilaf with Pignoli and Parmesan Cheese...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3/4 cup raw basmati rice

1/2 cup orzo

2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup toasted pignoli (pine-nuts)

Optional: 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1) Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2) Add rice and orzo and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and salt. Heat to boiling. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes longer, or until broth is absorbed. Remove pan from heat. Let sit, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.

3) Add toasted pignoli and cheese (if using) to pilaf. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:

Rice and Red Lentil Pilaf: Kichiri - One Perfect Bite

Southwestern Cilantro Rice Salad - One Perfect Bite

Shrimp Risotto - Coco Cooks

Spanish Rice - Taste Tempters

Mexican Rice - Chef in You

Paella Rice Salad - Eclectic Recipes

Radish Rice -Aayi's Recipes

Zesty Rice and Barley - Living the Gourmet

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