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