Garlic Rice with Sautéed Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Pine Nuts

I really loved the Garlic Rice I recently made so I decided to make it again but this time added a little pizazz to it by adding sautéed onion, sun dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and fresh parsley. It turned out delicious. I loved the flavors and textures the different ingredients gave to this dish. It was a big hit with my husband and I but both of our kids  said they like plain rice better – you can’t win them all!  This rice paired nicely with the chicken thighs and broccoli I served for dinner.

To toast your pine nuts, heat the same pot you will cook your rice in over medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts to the DRY pot (you don’t need oil) and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Heat the half of the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes or until tender; add the sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper flakes, then cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Pour into a small dish and set aside. Add the remaining olive oil to the pot then add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan, for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes.

Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Add the onion and tomatoes along with the toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley then season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste; stir until well combined and serve. Enjoy.

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Garlic Rice with Sautéed Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 35 min.

Ingredients:

2-3 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup basmati rice
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
2 tbsp fresh parsley
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

To toast your pine nuts, heat the same pot you will cook your rice in over medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts to the DRY pot (you don't need oil) and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Heat the half of the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes or until tender; add the sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper flakes, then cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Pour into a small dish and set aside. Add the remaining olive oil to the pot then add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often so the rice doesn't stick to the pan, for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes.

Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Add the onion and tomatoes along with the toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley then season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste; stir until well combined and serve. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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19 Responses to “Garlic Rice with Sautéed Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Pine Nuts”

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    Hari Chandana — May 20, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Very nice recipe.. looks inviting !!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — May 20, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    What a pretty rice dish! I bet it has great textures with the pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. YUM!

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    Carmen Rosa — May 21, 2013 @ 2:19 am

    This is a great recipe and looks so fresh and pretty!

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    Jenn — May 21, 2013 @ 5:30 am

    Love how you kicked this rice up!! And it looks gorgeous too!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — May 21, 2013 @ 5:56 am

    This would certainly be a hit in my house! Sounds & looks great!

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    vanillasugarblog — May 21, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    pine nuts in rice are the best.
    I love having rice that has some sort of texture.

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    http://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/ — May 21, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    If the rice dish taste half as good as it looks, I’m sure it will be a hit in this house too. Can’t wait to try!

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    Emanuelle — May 21, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Looks delicious!!

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    Joanne — May 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    My darling significant other claims he doesn’t like rice, but I think this might be the dish to sway him!

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    Marjie — May 21, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Well, at least your kids try different things, so they have a valid opinion on what they don’t like! I think it sounds good; I add veggies to my rice frequently to just change it up a bit.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 21, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Love this! I might even add some peas in there, love that extra crunch. Thanks for sharing!

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    Chris — May 21, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Pow! Talk about color as bright as the flavors, this rocks, Pam!

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    patsy — May 21, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    What a great way to dress up a rice side dish! I think the leftovers would be a great lunch, too!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 21, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I love this side dish, sounds delicious.

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    Blond Duck — May 21, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    You can never go wrong with rice!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 21, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    I don’t want plain rice any more! This must be very delicious with pine nuts!

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    LC — June 9, 2013 @ 12:57 am

    Hi Pam! I absolutely adored this. Made this to go with Apricot Chicken… it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe and I am publishing them on my website too…

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