Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add rice, celery, and onion, and saute 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in consomme and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake, covered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until rice is done. Remove bay leaves. Garnish, if desired.
Prep: 15 min., Bake: 45 min
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Minute rice.