Prepare Rice a Roni as instructed on the box (add water as called for, I add a tiny bit of olive oil, not the entire amount that it calls for, you can do either).
Once the water has started to boil, and rice is half cooked, I add the rest of my ingredients except the milk and parsley.
Let everything come to a low boil and turn on low to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked.
The rice will continue to absorb your liquids as it cooks, so right before I'm ready to serve I stir in enough milk to make it the consistency I like for soup (I prefer a thick soup!) and stir in the parsley for some color.