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Served rice pilaf garnished with fresh thyme

Rice Cooker Rice Pilaf

Course: Grains
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rice Pilaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Rice Cooker Rice Pilaf ~ This homemade classic rice and pasta side dish is far more flavorful and delicious than anything you can get in a box. Stove top and Instant Pot directions too



  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cups long grain white rice; uncooked
  • oz broken spaghetti/angel hair pasta
  • cup finely minced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 32 oz low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper; to taste
  • ½ tsp salt; to taste


  1. In a large heated skillet or large sauce pan on medium high heat, add the olive oil.

  2. Add the rice and pasta, stir constantly.
  3. Do not let it burn.
  4. Stir for about a minute then add garlic and onions.

  5. Continue to cook for about another minute.

Rice Cooker:

  1. Add contents of sauté pan to rice cooker, add the broth and all remaining ingredients; mix well.

  2. Close lid, start the cooking process.
  3. When the cooking process is complete, open the lid and stir, often times the herbs will have risen to the top.

  4. Discard the bay leaf and serve.

Stove-top directions.

  1. Make sure the pan you brown the rice and pasta in has a lid that will fit securely on.
  2. Brown the rice and pasta as described above.
  3. Lower heat to medium, add the broth and all remaining ingredients; mix well.

  4. Cook according to rice package directions, which is usually cover, cook on medium to bring to a boil, about 10 minutes, without lifting the lid reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. At the end of the cooking time, open lid, stir, as the herbs will have settled at risen to the top of the rice, discard the bay leaf, and serve.

Instant Pot

  1. Use the sauté setting, brown the rice and pasta, then add in the onions and garlic.

  2. Add all the remaining ingredients; then per the appliance instructions, use the rice setting to complete the cooking.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Values are approximate. Pleases use your own calculations if you require a special diet. The Complete Savorist does not make any medical or dietary claims regarding nutrition. The values listed are for 1/8 of the total recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Rice Cooker Rice Pilaf
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 399mg17%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.