DIY Rice-A-Roni Mix Recipe

March 2, 2014 15 Comments | Disclosure

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.

DIY homemade rice-a-roni mix recipe

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.

rice-a-roni mix ingredients

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.

rice-a-roni mix

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.

cooking homemade rice-a-roni

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.

diy rice-a-roni side dish

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!

DIY Rice-A-Roni Mix Recipe

DIY Rice-A-Roni Mix Recipe



  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To prepare:
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 12-inch skillet. Add 1 up 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. Serve.

Recipe slightly adapted from Food Storage Made Easy


  1. Stephanie says:

    I love the rice pilaf versin of rice-a-roni. Have you made this, or have you tried the rice pilaf? Just curious on a flavor comparison. Love the homemade idea. I am beginning to ban chemicals and dyes and my rice-a-roni had to go:(

    • I haven’t tried the Rice-A-Roni pilaf before. I’m guessing you could make it at home like this one though! Maybe change up the seasonings a bit?

  2. Stephanie says:

    Sorry I mean chicken rice-a-roni:)

  3. Thank you for this! I used my food processor for the spaghetti…worked really well.

  4. Is there a way to use brown rice?

    • I am not sure. I haven’t tried it out. I do know that brown rice takes longer to cook though, so I definitely wouldn’t sub it in without making changes to the recipe. Let me know if you find a way to make it work!

  5. Thats a lot of chicken bouillon could you use chicken stock instead?

    • You can certainly try substituting the chicken stock for the water when you cook the rice. You might still want to include a bit of bouillon though for the extra flavor. Let me know how it goes!

  6. I just wanted to let you know I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and as I prepare to go out of work on maternity leave & prepare meals for the upcoming weeks (both physically and financially), I wanted to let you know I have included THIS recipe on my top favorties list at Freshly Messy!

    Seriously, I adore this recipe and the fact I can make it in huge batches to use as much or little as I need for a huge dinner with friends or a single serving lunch time snack for myself!

  7. I think this is probably a good recipe, but I only had bouillon cubes, so used those instead of bouillon powder. (1 cube is 1 teaspoon.) However, it was way too salty. I should have compared the ingredients in bouillon powder and cubes first. Next time I’ll use half the number of bouillon cubes and see how it turns out. I like the food processor idea. I used Fideo Mediano but next time I want to use gluten free spaghetti. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Good to know about the bouillon cubes! Hope it turns out better for you next time, Marti. Thanks, for your comment!

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