We know there are box mixes out there but rice pilaf is quite easy to make. Add spicier herbs to liven up this side dish.
Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; add onion and rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until rice is golden, 5 to 8 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes (and their juice), thyme, and 1 cup water; season generously with salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, tightly covered, until rice is tender, about 18 minutes. Let stand off heat, covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff rice gently with fork before serving.