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I'm not sure where I found the original basic recipe, but after a few tweaks, I made this rice pilaf my own. It only needs a few ingredients for a wonderful meal. Any smoked sausage of your choice will do, and you can vary the amount of mushrooms to suit your taste.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
58 mins
1 hr 13 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Toast orzo pasta in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet. Cook onion and garlic until onion is slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 more minutes. Mix with the orzo pasta.

  • Cook white rice in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter until rice is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in sausage and cook for 3 minutes. Mix in cooked orzo pasta and mushroom mixture; add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with an oven-proof lid.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Mix well.

Nutrition Facts

290 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 40.7g; fat 10.6g; cholesterol 30mg; sodium 857.4mg. Full Nutrition