Artificial Delights

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf with Thyme and Parmesan

Grains & Legumes

This hearty pilaf is a perfect side dish for any meal. The combination of wild rice and mushrooms gives it a rich, nutty flavor, while thyme and Parmesan add an extra layer of depth and umami.


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Rinse the wild rice under cold water, then add it to a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45-50 minutes, or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until softened.

Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and continue to sauté for 5-7 minutes, until they release their moisture and begin to brown.

Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, and black pepper to the skillet and sauté for another minute, until fragrant.

Once the rice is cooked, add it to the skillet with the mushroom mixture and stir well to combine.

Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the skillet and stir again until the cheese is melted and well distributed.

Serve the pilaf hot, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh thyme if desired.

This wild rice and mushroom pilaf is a perfect side dish for any meal. The nutty flavor of the rice and mushrooms pairs perfectly with thyme and Parmesan for a rich and satisfying dish.