Homemade Rice-A-Roni

"I also like to add minced garlic to saute with the onion to taste and a handful of grated Parmesan cheese at end of cooking time. This is good! Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen."
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  • Break spaghetti into 1/2 to 1" pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pot and stir spaghetti in the oil until it begins to brown slightly.
  • Add rice, onion and parsley and stir.
  • Mix in broth, stir and cover tightly.
  • Cook as you would regular rice, simmering for about 20 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.

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  1. Great recipe! I make this and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Tumeric for the yellow color! Tumeric is what they add to the box to get the color and the taste is very good and mild.
  2. Tasty and quick. I added a small squash with the onion, also added beef broth. Thank you for a great side!
  3. This is a very nice side dish. I added about 1 t. minced garlic when the pasta was just about done browning. I used minute rice rather than long grain rice and it worked out fine. The dish only needed to simmer for about 6 minutes and both the pasta and rice were done perfectly.My only suggestion is to add a little salt to it in step 3 when you add the rice, onion and parsley.
  4. I really enjoyed this rice but DH wasnt to fond of it. Do be careful when browning the angel hair pasta as it browns quickly, I almost burned mine. Used dried minced onion and dried parsley instead of fresh. Two cups of broth didnt look like enough so I added about 1/3 cup more. When done I tossed it with a fork and added some lemon pepper, very good! Marie thank you so much for posting this recipe. This makes more than the boxed kit, tastes better, and saves money. Made and reviewed for The Secret Ingredient tag game.
  5. Very good. DH is allergic to MSG so I really love this recipe. The packaged one has a lot of additives including MSG. If I can't say it, I'm slow to eat it!


  1. I used butter instead of oil, Uncle Ben's Rice, no onion, and added some chicken base. I've made this several times (first seen on Rachael Ray's show). This is delicious and can be used a number of ways. Tonight I added some lightly breaded chicken breast, broccoli, and teriyaki sauce. Roxygirl in Colo.


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