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How do you make homemade rice pilaf?

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Make homemade rice pilaf by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan, and then adding 1/3 cup of spaghetti pieces and 3/4 cup of white rice. Roast the spaghetti and rice over medium heat for five minutes before adding 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth and simmering 18 minutes.

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Another method and recipe for homemade rice pilaf requires you to start by sautéing 3/4 cup of aromatics, such as fennel, carrot, onion or garlic, in 2 tablespoons of olive oil at medium-high heat. Once the aromatics soften, mix in 1/2 teaspoon of spices, such as coriander, cumin or cinnamon or a mixture. After cooking for 30 seconds, stirring often, pour in 1 cup of jasmine or basmati long-grained white rice. Cook and stir the rice for three minutes until the grains are toasted.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth into the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the rice and liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer covered for up to 15 minutes, adding liquid as needed. Remove the cooked rice from the stove, and fluff with a fork before covering the pan for 10 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint or chives, and garnish with chopped nuts before serving.

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