Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms & Pecans

This one comes from the recent issue of Everyday with Rachel Ray. I was good, but like many posted on RR’s site, it needed more flavor. I will be adding chicken broth, garlic, onion, and pepper for the next time around. Also, we don’t really care for chickpeas, but I have left the recipe as is for those who would like to stick with the original.


  • 3 ounces wild rice (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • Half of a 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • Salt


  1. Cook the wild rice according to package directions; transfer to a large bowl. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the orzo until al dente; drain. Add to the wild rice.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the pecans and sage and cook, stirring frequently, until the nuts are toasted and the mushrooms are tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and chickpeas. Add the vegetable mixture to the orzo mixture; season with salt.

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