Make your own Rice-A-Roni from scratch!
I have fond memories of Rice-A-Roni from my childhood, but I haven’t bought it for quite a while. And now that I know this recipe, Rice-A-Roni probably won’t find its way into my shopping cart again. This homemade rice dish is easy to throw together, CHEAP, simple to prepare, and tastes great! Could even be a cute little mason jar gift for fellow rice-lovers.
Having control over the ingredients is one of perks of making your own mix. You can make it gluten-free, healthier than the store-bought variety, or tweak the flavor to your liking.
I used jasmine rice and whole wheat thin spaghetti in this Rice-A-Roni mix. Breaking up all of those noodles took longer than any other part, but it wasn’t too bad really. Make sure you check for rice coupons and pasta coupons! You can usually get it for CHEAP.
Just mix together all of the ingredients! Now you’ve got a couple boxes worth of homemade Rice-A-Roni ready to go. Just make sure you shake the mix to recombine before you use it.
Cook just like you would a store-bought Rice-A-Roni mix. Melt a bit of butter (I bet coconut oil could work too!), and saute a cup of the rice mixture until the pasta starts to turn golden brown.
Then add the water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Easy. Turned out perfectly for me! A great little side dish that most of my family enjoys. Plus, I get to feel cool because it was made from scratch rather than the stuff most people buy at the store!
Recipe slightly adapted from Food Storage Made Easy