Homemade Rice Roni
I've never been big on making side dishes. When I was growing up my grandma always had a huge amount of side dishes for every meal and I always thought that was a little odd because in our family we were more of a one-dish-dinner type of eaters. We ate many stir-frys and similar dishes so generally meat, veggies, ect was all in one bowl for supper (fruit were snacks/desserts). It's funny how we can create our own little families but still carry these habits. I prefer to make a single dish for supper just like we did in our family. But I often think about how my grandma made her foods and that it would be fun to remember to make a good side dish once in a while!
Many easy side dishes are available in pre-packaged boxed mixes. Well that really isn't our thing. I will skip the prices and the preservatives, thank you very much. One thing our family enjoys every so once in a while though is a good rice dish. Since I tend to make meals heavy on the meats and veggies, it's nice to have a grain now and then.
Rice Roni or Rice a Roni is an easy side dish to make, and you can even make it a base to your meals depending on what you are making. I'm not sure what the boxed version costs but you can make your own version so easily! You can either make this up quickly before dinner or put the dry ingredients in a jar and have them ready to go.
Homemade Rice Roni Mix
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup Uncooked Spaghetti, broken into little pieces
- 3/4 cup Rice
- 2 cups Chicken or Beef or Vegetable Broth
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Add Ins *See Below*
You don't need to buy a special kind of pasta, I just used regular spaghetti and broke it into small pieces.
If you want to create the dry mix, simply put the rice and the broken pasta pieces into a jar on your shelf. This amount should serve 4 to 6 depending on if you are using it for a side dish or a base for a main meal. Feel free to use whatever kind of rice your family will eat, either white or brown will work. (We usually eat Basimati Rice because I have a hubby that refuses the brown rice. 🙂 )
To cook your Homemade Rice Roni, pour the contents of the jar, along with the broth and butter into a saucepan on the stove. Cook at a medium heat until the pasta and rice is done. *You can brown the butter first in the saucepan to give it more of the same color as regular boxed mix, however we found this wasn't necessary for good flavor if you are in a hurry.
*You can make this gluten free like I did by simply using brown rice pasta in place of regular pasta.
Rice Roni Add Ins
The recipe above is very basic so you may want to put some add ins into your Homemade Rice Roni! Here are some suggestions. These can be added in individually or in the combinations of your choice.
- 1 Green Onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Minced Onion
- 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
- 1/4 cup Mushrooms, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning Mix
- 1 teaspoon dry Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1/2 cup Tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup Chicken, cooked and diced
This is a great little recipe to keep in your pantry for some quick additions to meals. I love homemade mixes! Another great way to use this recipe is in soup! Add some veggies, extra water, and chicken and you've got a great soup!
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Have you ever made homemade Rice Roni? What are your favorite add ins or recipes to use it in?
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