Italian Rice Pilaf topped with Chicken Parm.

Italian Rice Pilaf

Italian Rice Pilaf, also known as “Risotto Pilaf,” is a savory and flavorful rice dish that is cooked with onions, garlic, and a variety of herbs and spices. It’s a delicious and comforting dish with a slightly nutty flavor and a creamy texture.

This recipe features U.S.-grown brown long grain rice and comes to us from Chef Rebecca Polson of USA Rice’s K-12 Chef Advisory Board.

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    1 cup


  • 6 lb, 4 oz brown long grain rice, parboiled
  • 1 lb tomatoes, diced (fresh or canned)
  • 8 oz yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic, granulated
  • 2 tsp salt, kosher
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 gallon +2 quarts broth, vegetable or water, hot
  • Optional garnish: chopped parsley, grated parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Add rice, tomatoes, onion, oil, and spices to 4 inch hotel pan. (Multiple pans may be needed depending on servings.) Stir until rice is coated in oil and spices.
  • Pour hot water or stock over rice blend.
  • Cover pan with parchment and foil to create seal.
  • Bake in oven for approximately 55 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed by rice.
  • Hot hold at 135º or above, leave covered until service, do not stir.
  • Fluff with fork right before service.
  • Serve with 8 oz spoodle.
  • Optional Garnishes: Chopped Parsley, Grated Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

2 oz Grain