Here is a good, basic, and simple recipe for a rice side dish. I've only had real Rice-A-Roni once, about 10 years ago :) so I'm not sure if this tastes like the real thing. I'm sure it's better. This is so easy to make, probably about as easy as boxed Rice-A-Roni. I used small star-shaped pasta, but I think broken spaghetti or angel hair would have been better. This was great with Roasted Chicken legs!
from Chaos in the Kitchen
¾ cup long grain white rice
½ cup small pasta shape, like broken fideo, spaghetti, angel hair, etc…1-3 tbsp butter, depends how much fat you want
14 oz no fat, low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp low sodium chicken base
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
½ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1. Melt the butter in a pan and saute the rice and pasta until lightly browned.
2. Add the chicken broth, base, parsley and garlic. Add any other seasonings if you would like.
3. Bring to a boil and cover, then reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes without lifting lid.
4. After 15 minutes check to see if all liquid has been absorbed and fluff rice with a fork. If the rice is tender but it is still a little wet just let it sit on low with the lid off for a few minutes.
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