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Homemade Rice-A-Roni

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Rating: 5/5
5 reviews
1 comment

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 17097
cook method: stovetop
Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe
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This copycat recipe is just like the rice mix you buy at the store. It contains rice, vermicelli, and powdered bouillon. Simply saute in butter and add water.

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3/4 cup rice
1/2 cup angel hair pasta, broken into small pieces, or vermicelli if you can find it
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cube beef or chicken bouillon
1/4 cup diced onion (for beef version)
2 2/3 cups hot water


In medium skillet (with lid), melt the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add rice and pasta and cook, stirring, until lightly browned.

Dissolve bouillon cube or soup mix in hot water and add to skillet. (Also add diced onion if not using soup mix for the beef flavor.) Bring to a simmer and cover.

Simmer on low heat, covered, approximately 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. If necessary, add more water and continue simmering until rice is tender.

cook's notes

For the chicken version, you could cut out the bouillon and just use a package or so of dry chicken noodle soup mix - with the added convenience that it already has the tiny noodles, so you don't have to spend time breaking up the angel-hair pasta.

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232 calories, 6 grams fat, 39 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating

I love Rice-a-Roni but rarely buy it because it contains soy (which I'm allergic to). This homemade version is not only healthier because it doesn't contain all the preservatives and fillers, but it also tastes great! I made the chicken version and used sodium free chicken bouillon and then added salt as needed.

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Oct 2, 2010

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe was better than Rice A Roni because it was not as salty.
I used Lipton's Beefy Onion Soup Mix.
I also used whole wheat spaghetti.

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Apr 5, 2010

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made this with lipton onion soup mix and it was so good, my husband loved it, I added wild rice into it also, Thanks for the recipe.

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I remember my father making this recipe over 40 years ago. My job was to break the angel hair pasta into small pieces.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is a great and easy recipe. I did not use the bullion and water. I simply used 2 2/3 C fat free chicken broth. I also used broken up Fideo Noodles.

You have to try it. It's great.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made the chicken version and used Lipton soup mix with extra noodles. Tasted just like the real thing. I also added cooked cut up chicken and some frozen peas for color. I also use this for a chicken salad - add all of the above with some shredded lettuce, mayo, soy sauce and a sprinkle of ginger and some crushed pepper flakes.

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