Used a very small pasta, acini di pepe, nearly round, with a diameter about that of spaghetti. Sauteed a half cup of chopped onions with the pasta just before adding the rice. Used canned chicken broth. Check for al dente, since just cooking until absorption leaves it pretty chewy. Excellent buttery flavor and interesting texture. Would benefit from more seasoning but a terrific homemade version of the San Francisco treat.
Awesomw base recipe. I added green onions, celery, grated carrots and mushrooms. It would be delicious as written but I didn't want to make a side veggie so I put it all in the rice and it was so good. Served with pan fried shrimp and it was a nice dinner for a very hot summer day. Thanks for posting!!!
So happy I found this... really wanted rice with dinner but had no boxed mixes available. I used minute brown rice which worked perfectly and it was done in about 15 minutes
I could not get my husband to give up boxed rice-a-roni, so I came across this as we are trying to budget a little more, and it is a huge hit! When I don't have stuff to add, I just use chicken or beef boullion cubes and then add some chicken seasoning to give it that "rice a roni" flavor! I've sauteed onions with it when I have fresh onion, then added the pasta, and after adding the broth add shredded carrots. I can see all sorts of possibilities! Thank you for this recipe, now I always have it on hand and the family is very happy!
On 5/31/10 I was looking for something different to go with fried chicken, and came across this recipe and decided to try it. And I'm really glad I did. For the pasta, vermicelli was used. I did have to simmer for about 35 minutes to get the rice completely done. And I added a bit of powdered chicken bouillon to get the flavor that I was used to in the boxed mix. When this is made again, the amount of bouillon will be decreased so I can slowly get the extra sodium out. I can see extras being added to this recipe to make it a one dish meal. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "
Awesome! I made this to go alongside Awesome Baked Pork Chops and it was perfect! I sauteed 2 cloves of garlic and about 1/2 cup of sweet onion before adding the noodles and added another tbs of butter before adding the rice. I thought I had spaghetti and realized I was out at the last minute, so I subbed macaroni (next smallest pasta I had on hand). It was kind of funny looking, but tasted spectacular. My hubby finished the WHOLE bowl! Thank you for the great recipe!
I have made this WONDERFUL recipe now 5 or 6 times... Its a go to for me.. Its a retro feel good reminds me of my childhood type of thing.. but NO MORE boxes here.. I know what goes in this.. and it is even BETTER than the BOX version.. couple of times i sauteed mushrooms, once added brochilli, have tried it with chicken and beef broth both... I dont think anyone could go wrong with this... I have bragged about this at work also and passed it on! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!
This worked out rather well. I used orzo rather than the broken spaghetti-everything else I kept the same. My husband loves the stuff, I hate what's in the boxed "crap" so this is my very happy medium! So many options for variations that this will be my go to recipe! Thanks for posting! Di ;-)
These were OK. I had to add a lot more liquid than called for to get the rice cooked. Also, we thought they were quite a bit bland. We had to add lots of salt and pepper and other spices to give them a little more oomph. Great idea though. I will try to adjust to our liking and avoide buying the bad-for-you pre-packaged stuff.
What great recipe! we loved it . it sure beats the package stuff I used to buy; thank you for posting. Rita