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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In the Kitchen: Copycat Rice A Roni Recipe

I try to keep things home decor/DIY related around here but there are times that I stumble upon or come up with a recipe that I can't help but share.  I had a hankering for some rice-a-roni (you know, that san francisco treat) which was pretty much a staple back in college, but in my old age I've become a bit anti-processed foods plus the grocery store was just sooo far away.

I've never been one to curb a craving, so I set out to make my own.  Here's how I made a copycat recipe that tasted exactly like the store bought brand without all those crazy preservatives.

What you'll need:

1/2 cup broken thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup.  white rice
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thympe

First, break up the thin spaghetti into pieces about 1/2" in size to make 1/2 cup.  Combine the rice and the spaghetti pieces together.  Melt butter in pan.  Brown rice & spaghetti mix in butter.  While browning, mix dry seasonings together.  Add chicken stock and seasonings to browned rice and spaghetti.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

I didn't have any chicken stock so I mixed 4 chicken bouillon cubes in water.

That's it - just as simple (aside from breaking up the pasta) as the store bought version.  This will definitely be on rotation at our household.


1 comment

  1. This post came at the perfect time! My kids and I have all been sick this week so I didn't have a chance to get to the store. I needed a side for dinner and wasn't looking forward to plain old rice. I had everything in my pantry to make this and it was a big hit. I am adding this to my rotation. Thanks so much!


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