Friday, December 5, 2014

Rice A Roni

NOTE:  I mixed this as per the recipe and when I do it again, I will mix the rice and vermicelli together and the seasoning separately because it seemed a bit strange when I cooked the spices with the rice and vermicelli when browning them in the beginning before I added the water.  With regular Rice A Roni, you brown the rice and pasta first and then add the spices when you add the water.  A pinch of Turmeric gives it the orangey yellowy color typical of the boxed mix.  Also, I think it could use a bit more garlic?
I found this at Fabulously Frugal. It looks the closest to Rice A Roni so far...


MY NOTE: Looking at a Rice A Roni package the ingredients listed are: Rice, wheat flour, salt, sugar, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, onions, monosodium glutamate (MSG), natural flavor, dried parsley, dried garlic, chicken broth, chicken fat, turmeric spice which imparts color, niacin, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, ferric orthophosphate, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, turmeric extract, folic acid, ribolavin.
I KNEW there was something yellow in there, but thought it to be's turmeric! Great!
So, I think I need to add Nutritional Yeast and Turmeric to the party below!
2 cups uncooked 
1 cup small pieces of 
angel hair, vermicelli or thin spaghetti (broken into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/4 cup dried parsley
6 tablespoons chicken 
bouillon powder OR 1 1/2 c Chicken Stock/Broth which seems more like the ingredients on the package
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tsp-1T Turmeric? Recipes are all over the place on how much turmeric to use in a rice recipe...
up to 1 c nutritional yeast I think starting with 1-2 T

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

To prepare:
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a
12-inch skillet.
Add 1 cup of rice mix and stir.
Saute for about 1 minute, or until pasta starts to turn golden brown.
Add 2 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

I found this one at Plain Chicken.  It is just a bit different:
Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni
serves 4
2 oz vermicelli, broken into half inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup long grain rice (not instant)
4 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
dash garlic powder
2 3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp butter
In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add broken pasta and rice. Cook until lightly brown.

Add water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover.

Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed.

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