Mushroom Rice Pilaf

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Mushroom Rice Pilaf – an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms!  Ditch the box mix, because this easy side dish is ready in minutes! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

Homemade vs Store Bought.  That is the question with a lot of things.  Do you have the time, is it worth the cost, how much work is it?  All questions that go into whether or not you make something homemade or just buy it at the store.  Homemade Brownies are hands down worth making to me. So much better than the store.  A lot of things you can make at home with almost no extra work.

Mushroom Rice Pilaf - an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

 

Mushroom Rice Pilaf

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with side dish recipes.  I can come up with main dishes for dinner, but coming up with what to serve with it is a different story.  We almost always have fruit on the table, but often times you need something else.  My guys aren’t huge on just veggies, so roasted green beans don’t always fly.

I grew up with having the  rice side dishes from a box.  You know the flavored ones.  So I took a queue from that, and came up with my own homemade rice pilaf. And of course I loaded with up with mushrooms, because they are my favorite!

What You’ll Need

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  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms – you can use white, brown, crimini or whatever your favorite are
  • Brown & Wild Rice Blend – you want a blend of rice that is just the rice, no seasonings or spices included
  • Chicken Broth – I like to use low sodium to control the salt
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
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How To Make Mushroom Rice Pilaf

  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Once it is warm, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until they are tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until you can start to smell it.
  2. Stir in rice, pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes (depending on rice blend) or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in thyme.
  4. Adjust seasoning as necessary and serve.

What Can You Add To Rice Pilaf

This is where you can get creative! I added mushrooms because I love them. But you can take this base recipe and swap them out for something else or even add in more veggies. Peas are super common and easy to add. I would add them right at the end just to heat them for a minute or two before serving.

  • Green Beans
  • Chopped Asparagus
  • Bell Peppers
  • Dried Fruit
Mushroom Rice Pilaf - an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

Storing Rice Pilaf

If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

What Kind Of Rice To Use

I like to use a blend of brown and wild rice, but you really can use whatever you want. The thing that will change is the cooking time. If you see a rice that uses a different ratio of water to rice you might need to add or subtract a little chicken broth. But it should work for almost every rice out there. Just find a blend or type that is only rice, you don’t want any seasoning or spices added to the rice.

How To Serve Mushroom Rice Pilaf

This is a very versatile recipe that you can serve with just about anything!

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Mushroom Rice Pilaf - an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.
4.95 from 19 votes

Mushroom Rice Pilaf

By Erin
Mushroom Rice Pilaf – an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 16 oz packages mushrooms
  • 2 cups brown and wild rice blend
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, mushrooms and garlic. Saute until tender and mushrooms are browned.
  • Stir in rice, pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes (depending on rice blend) or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and stir in thyme.
  • Adjust seasoning as necessary and serve.

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Notes

For a quick version you can check out this Brown Rice Pilaf with Pecans from Cooking Light

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 618mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 159
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38 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love how simple this recipe is! I have a chicken recipe that this is a perfect side dish for. Thanks for sharing it!