One of the things that I have done in trying to avoid packaged food is cut out all packaged rice and pasta mix. We did not eat these very often, but I would keep them on hand for when I needed a quick side dish.
I have tried several recipes that I found online and could not find one that we liked. I was almost ready to give up on finding one when I saw on in the cookbook Dining On A Dime. It looked like it might be worth a try.
It was. This recipe was really good. I make up a big batch of it and store it in a Tupperware container. Then I always have it on hand when I want it. It is also cheaper than the store bought mixes.
I will warn you though this is not yellow or brown like the real “rice a roni”. The box mix has a lot of stuff in it to make it look like it should be chicken or beef flavored. This homemade version is much more appealing. It looks like rice and noodles should.
Homemade Rice A Roni
- 1 cup of spaghetti, broken into small pieces
- 2 cups rice, uncooked
- 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
- 6 tablespoons instant chicken or beef bouillon powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme ( I leave this out of the beef version)
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, place 1 cup mix, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 cups of water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
Note: I like to heat my rice mix with the butter until the butter is melted and the rice and pasta are just slightly browned before I add the water. But either way will work fine.