Rice a Roni from Scratch in the Microwave

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 19 mins

Yes, it is possible to make your own homemade Rice A Roni in the microwave. My microwave is fairly powerful, so please adjust this recipe to yours accordingly. Mine often just sits in the microwave for a while while I finish dinner, and that way it stays hot and is still good once I fluff it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place rice, orzo (or other pasta) and margarine in a 2 quart heavy glass bowl. Microwave on high 3 1/2 - 4 minutes stirring after every minute (more often toward the end if you use pasta other than orzo) or until pasta is golden brown.
  2. Stir in broth (or bouillon) and spices.
  3. Microwave 12 minutes on high.
  4. Let sit 3 minutes in microwave.
  5. Fluff with fork and serve.


Most Helpful

Perfect, and exactly what I was craving. I really only use my microwave to re-heat things. This recipe has made me rethink that.I did make a couple substitutions. I used spaghetti instead of orzo and I didn't have any broth, so I used half a package of onion soup mix and added the garlic powder and some Penzy's pasta sprinkle. So, good! Thanks for posting!

Lucky in Bayview August 31, 2012

This was a very simple recipe to follow with ingredients I had in the pantry. I like that I can control the sodium. The timing was exactly right. As was mentioned, I left the rice in the microwave while I finished the rest of dinner and fluffed it just before serving. It stayed hot and was ready when I was. Thanks for a go to side dish.

Lisa Lisa Ann October 07, 2011

Delicious and easy. Served for lunch with hotdogs and steamed broccoli.

Homecookgirl October 21, 2011

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