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Caramelized onion, mushroom and bulgur pilaf

Total Time
36 min
20 min
16 min
Make a new pilaf for your family with this vegetarian dish, packed with sauteéd onions, mushrooms and spinach. Bulgur is cracked wheat, simple to prepare and great as a grain option in place of rice. The bits of wheat become tender when cooked and absorb all the flavors of the dish making them very hearty and flavorful. This dish makes a wonderful side pork, beef or chicken. The filling nature of bulgur makes this a great vegetarian main as well. Shave time from the 20 minutes of prep by purchasing pre-sliced mushrooms and pre-chopped onion from the produce section. Experiment with other vegetable combinations such as yellow squash, basil and grape tomatoes for more delicious dinner ideas.


Low sodium vegetable broth

2 cup(s), mushroom variety suggested

Uncooked bulgur

1 cup(s)


1 cup(s)

Olive oil

2 tsp


1½ cup(s), chopped, chopped


8 oz, thinly sliced (baby Bella suggested)


4 cup(s), baby leaves

Table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp, or to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring broth, bulgur and water to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until bulgur is tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and tender, about 8 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden and tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until spinach wilts, about 1 minute more.
  3. Spoon bulgur into skillet; stir over low heat until well-combined. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.