Easy rice pilaf with broccolini
Rice pilaf is an easy and flavourful dish to make for a side course or, for us, a main.
Classic pilaf is made by sauteeing the aromatics (onion, garlic and vegetables) in butter or oil, adding the spices then adding the rice and toasting it in the skillet until it’s coated with the oil before adding the cooking liquid and finishing the cooking.
I have a shortcut for you to make with an already cooked or leftover rice. I saute onion, garlic and chopped vegetables in olive oil, add the flavourings, then add the already cooked rice and cook it together until the dish comes together and is nice and hot. Let the pilaf sit in the pan, covered, for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
2 cups cooked rice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 bunch broccolini, roughly chopped into small pieces
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in a skillet, add the onion and garlic and cook until fregrant and softened.
Add the carrots and cook until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
Add the broccolini and toss to coat with the oil, about 2 minutes.
Add the rice and stir to coat the grains with the oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste
Lower heat and cook, stirring gently now and then, until the dish is hot.
Adjust the seasoning.
Cover the dish and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.