Perfect Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Slivered Almonds

RICE PILAF WITH ORZO AND SLIVERED ALMONDS - No boxed rices! Homemade rice pilaf is the easiest side dish #rice #sidedish #orzo #happilyunprocessed

A perfect weeknight side dish that compliments everything from fish to chicken to steak




  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet and add the onion.  Cook until translucent, approximately 4 minutes.  Add the orzo and the rice stir occasionally until the orzo turns brown and the rice becomes a little translucent, approximately 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir.
  2. Add the turmeric, salt and pepper, rice and chicken broth.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook without lifting the lid for 15 to 18 minutes.  At the end, check that the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.  If not, cover and cook another few minutes, adding a few tablespoons of water if needed, total time should be around 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork.  Add chopped parsley and almonds and stir.


I use all organic ingredients when possible, including the rice.

Depending on the chicken broth you used, you may need to add more salt.  Please taste for seasonings as it’s cooking.