How to make homemade rice a roni

September 19th, 2009 by katie

This post is for my mom, but it showcases one of my absolute favorite, everyday recipes.  One I make often and everybody loves.  See, my mom and I were at the grocery store together and she was pretty disappointed that the store was out of the low-sodium version of Rice-a-Roni.  I suggested she make it herself so she could control the sodium completely.  I love Rice-A-Roni but it is much tastier, healthier, and cheaper when you make it yourself.  So I thought I would bring this post to the front, and explain how easy it is.

For the recipe, visit the original post here

It is just as easy as making the stuff in the box except you do have to measure two things: 3/4 cup long grain rice and 1/2 cup of pasta.  You can use fideo or spaghetti, just break it up into little pieces and measure out a 1/2 cup.  Then you simply proceed the same way as the box stuff.  Melt a little butter and saute the rice and pasta til golden.  Add water or chicken stock, spices (garlic, salt, pepper, and a little dried parsley if desired), and a teaspoon of chicken base.  Bring to a boil, cover and turn the heat down to low, then simmer for about 15 minutes.  Done.  Perfectly fluffy, flavorful rice pilaf that really does taste just like Rice-A-Roni but not as salty.  There you go Mom.  Love you.

Oh and Mom, while you’re here, you should click this link and nominate my blog for an award before September 30th.  Cause I’m your favorite daughter.

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Posted in Budget, Easy, Fast, Health/Nutrition, Pantry Challenge, Sides, Things I Love, Tips and Tricks

17 Responses

  1. Kristin

    Looks wonderful! I’ve been trying to steer clear of all the “boxed sides” with extra additives. Thanks for sharing I will definitely have to try this one!

  2. Robin Sue

    Homemade is always best! Great idea! We make a similar recipe and call it Rice Pilaf, I have no idea why though!

  3. Cate O'Malley

    Homemade is totally better than the boxed version – yours looks fab!

  4. noble pig

    How cool! I’ve always loved Rice-a-Roni!

  5. Nancy

    I do this. I make enough for about 4 batches and store it in a tupperware in the pantry. Yummy stuff.

  6. Leslie West

    On Weight Watchers. Looking for something tasty and simple.

    This is GREAT for any diet, and this stuff you can eat a hearty portion and still be in the health zone.

    First Class in its simplicity, health AND taste!

  7. Jeremy

    Whoever posted this needs to learn how to write a recipe correctly. ther is no yeild, serving size or really anything useful. If you don’t have a box than you can’t make this since there are no measurements.

    Thanks Jeremy! As I mentioned above, the original recipe for homemade rice-a-roni is linked within the post. If you follow the link you will find a complete recipe with specific measurements and yield. This post was simply meant to showcase an existing recipe on the site. Good luck! -Katie

  8. Lisa

    Jeremy needs to learn how to read before making comments!
    How rude!

  9. MildChild

    I love Rice-A-Roni, but am trying to get away from boxed mixes and try to shift to more wholesome versions of rice and pasta. Have you tried this with brown rice, whole grain pasta, and/or wild rice? What changes would be required?

  10. Peter

    This recipe sounds very much like one I made up a couple of years ago. I decided that I would try to make an authentic looking/tasting Rice-a-Roni from scratch. I used Arborio rice which looks more like the rice in the box mix, Barilla cut spaghetti, water, chicken flavor granules and H2O. Tastes great, looks the same and is very cheap. Oh, you can add some parsley flakes for a more authentic finished dish look.

  11. leah

    This looks like a great recipe. I’m going to make it tonight. Thank you

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