A delightful blend of rice and pasta. Add some yummy veggies and you have a side dish that is wonderful with any meal. My version is a home grown comfort pilaf that I grew up with. It has carrots, peas, corn and a whole lot of love. It's so good you'll want seconds. The average store bought and restaurant pilaf starts out at over 700mg of sodium and easily climb to well over 1500mg's. At only 57mg sodium you can really enjoy my Portuguese style Pilaf to your hearts content.
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Rice Pilaf - Mama Carol's Style
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Place a dutch oven or heavy casserole dish (with a lid) on top of the stove. Place 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes into the oven and heat to medium. Add onion and saute till soft and tender, about 6 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add bell pepper and optional jalapeno and saute for 5 minutes then add carrots and cook for 5 minutes more.
Add remaining extra virgin olive oil and mix in rice and orzo. Mix through to coat and lightly brown the rice. About 3 minutes. Add corn, peas, tomatoes and chicken stock. (be careful as the liquid will bubble right away.) Add all remaining spices and mix through.
Place lid on top of dutch oven and place into oven.
Cook for 30 to 35 minutes then check to see that all of he liquid has been absorbed and taste to see that rice had become tender.