I used to love the commercials - that jingle held you glued to the screen. You know the one I'm talking about, ♫♫Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.♫♫
My dry pasta in a box pasta is always Barilla. And it just so happens they make a pasta that is perfect for this dish and I still had quite a bit of it on hand. It's called "cut spaghetti" it's just perfectly broken spaghetti. If you don't have that just use a thin spaghetti and break it apart yourself.
This Homestyle Rice A Roni cost me $1.60 to make and serves 4-6 portions. Portion size seems to be more than what you get in the box and the FLAVOR is absolutely incredible. After you put it together it takes a mere 15 minutes to cook. It's the perfect week night side dish to make.
- 1 cup white rice
- 1/3 cup cut spaghetti
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes - crushed
- 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1/4 tsp. salt (I used kosher salt)
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper (I used a fine table grind)
- In a wide skillet that has a lid, melt the butter. When the butter sizzles, add in the cut spaghetti. Keep stirring until it starts to brown a bit.
- Turn the head down to medium low and add in the rice and dried herbs. Stir and slowly add in the chicken broth.
- Turn the heat up until it comes to a bubble, lid it, turn the heat down to low and cook for 15 minutes. Your rice should be perfectly cooked and ready to plate.