Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas – A Rice Pilaf with Vegetables Recipe

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Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients – white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  This Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids’ diet without complaints.

Easy Rice Pilaf with Green Peas Recipe:

As a mom, I am always on a mission to find recipes that encourage my kids to eat vegetables – without a fight, without complaining, without having to plead and bargain.  Well as luck will have it, I stumbled upon this easy rice pilaf recipe in my tried and true Savory Samplings cookbook.

Some of my favorite recipes have come from this same vintage cookbook, including my family’s absolute favorite Fresh Broccoli Casserole with 4 Ingredients.

This kid-friendly rice side dish is one that I go to often.  My oldest goes on and on about how much she loves it every time I make it, and she’s not a vegetable loving kid.  It’s almost like she forgets there are peas in the rice pilaf because she’s so focused on how flavorful and fluffy the rice is.

Simple Rice Pilaf

Many of these old-fashioned recipes have few ingredients that are pantry staples, and that is exactly why I fell in love with Easy Rice Pilaf with Green Peas.

This simple recipe only has 5 ingredients – white rice, onions, butter, chicken broth, green peas and water (we are calling this a freebie ingredient). It just so happens that I almost always have all of these on hand.

What is rice pilaf?

It typically is a rice that is cooked in a seasoned broth. Oftentimes, it is served as a vegetable rice pilaf which is what we do for this particular recipe. This recipe calls for green peas, but it is not uncommon to see it with carrots, mushrooms or other vegetables.

What goes with rice pilaf?

Rice pilaf is a great side dish alongside any entrée.  It’s a quick side dish if you’re firing up the grill, and it also complements old fashioned saucy casseroles too. Here’s our top five meals to serve with rice pilaf.

  1. Chicken Crescent Bake,
  2. Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken
  3. Baked Cranberry Pork Chops
  4. Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak
  5. Old Fashioned Ham Balls

What to add to rice pilaf?

A basic rice pilaf includes white rice cooked in seasoned broth.  You can tweak the basic recipe by adding your favorite seasonings or vegetables.  Here are some easy additions to rice pilaf.

  1. Sauté mushrooms, celery, onions, leeks, zucchini and/or carrots.
  2. Swap beef broth or vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  3. Season broth with smoked paprika, bay leaf, dried thyme, basil or parsley.
  4. Add in raisins and sliced almonds for a Middle Eastern-inspired rice pilaf.
  5. Stir in fresh Parmesan cheese.
  6. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  7. Stir in cooked peas before serving.
  8. Top with fresh, chopped herbs before serving.

 

How to Make Vegetable Rice Pilaf:

  1. Heat butter in a large skillet; cook onions.
  2. Add uncooked rice, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn down heat, and add broth; cover and cook for 25 minutes.
  4. Add additional butter and cooked peas and stir.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for vegetable rice pilaf, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

White Rice (not instant)

Onions, diced

Butter

Chicken Broth

Green Peas

Notes About This Recipe:

  • Be sure to use uncooked white rice for this recipe. Do NOT use the instant white rice.
  • Only cook the onions until softened, not browned.
  • During step two, you are only lightly toasting the rice in the butter and onion mixture; stir it frequently.
  • The amount of peas in vegetable rice pilaf can be adjusted depending on what you have. I cooked my peas according to the package instructions in the microwave.
  • I love how versatile this easy rice pilaf recipe is.  If you don’t love peas, swap in something else, or use up leftover vegetables that you already have cooked in the refrigerator.
  • Rice casseroles are great side dishes.  French Onion Rice Casserole is another of our favorites!
  • Check out our Amazon Store for our favorite pantry essentials, including white rice and broth!

Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.

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Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas - A Rice Pilaf with Vegetables Recipe

Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an easy side dish to complement your regular dinner menu.  The recipe consists of five simple ingredients--white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  This is an easy way to add some vegetable to your kids diet without complaints. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Rice Pilaf, Rice Pilaf, Rice Pilaf with 5 ingredients, Rice Pilaf with Peas, rice pilaf wth vegetables
Servings: 6 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced or chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (NOT instant)
  • 2 cups chicken broth, boiling
  • 1 cup green peas cooked
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (additional)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, saute onion in 1 Tablespoon butter until onions are soft but not brown, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
    Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.
  • Add uncooked white rice, and cook on low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.
    Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.
  • Meanwhile, heat chicken broth until boiling; add to the rice.
    Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.
  • Lower heat to the lowest setting, and cover. Cook for approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.
  • Meanwhile, cook peas according to package instructions; do not over cook.
  • Once rice has finished cooking, add additional 1 Tablespoon butter and drained peas; fluff with a fork.
    Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas is an simple side dish to complement your favorite dinner entrees. The recipe consists of five simple ingredients - white rice, broth, butter, onions and peas.  Rice Pilaf with Vegetables recipe is an easy way to add some vegetables to your kids' diet without complaints.

Notes

  • Be sure to use uncooked white rice for this recipe. Do not use the instant white rice either.
  • Only cook the onions until softened, not browned.
  • During step two, you are only lightly toasting the rice in the butter and onion mixture; stir it frequently.
  • The amount of peas in vegetable rice pilaf can be adjusted depending on what you have. I cooked my peas according to the package instructions in the microwave. 
  • I love how versatile this easy rice pilaf recipe is.  If you don't love peas, swap in something else, or use up leftover vegetables that you already have cooked in the refrigerator.
  • Rice casseroles are great side dishes.  French Onion Rice Casserole is another of our favorites!

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