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Herbed Rice Pilaf

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
  • Makes
    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


  • In a large skillet, cook the rice, celery and onion in butter, stirring constantly, until rice is browned. Stir in the next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley; stir in pimientos if desired.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 226 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Mike
    Nov 23, 2018

    I really liked this. Made as written and it is simple and delicious. I loved the sage flavor coming thru.

  • Gessica
    Feb 10, 2018

    This is wonderful! I've made it dozens of times and each time someone wants the recipe! My husband won't eat any other!

  • vstern
    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
    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
    May 22, 2014

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

  • marniehook
    Feb 18, 2014

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

  • sschroe
    Feb 15, 2013

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  • Winniefred
    Aug 19, 2012

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  • Uqaq
    Jul 24, 2012

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

  • AnnaCerasani
    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!