Saturday, April 3, 2010

But Is She Really Thrifty?: Homemade Rice-a-Roni

I've tried several recipes for homemade rice-a-roni and this one by far is the CLOSEST to Chicken-flavored Rice-A-Roni! And it really is very inexpensive to make.  My crew can go through two boxes of the boxed stuff per meal so this is great for us.  Give it a try!  This recipe actually makes 3 boxes worth. You can easily store what you don't use in an old mason jar.  If you're at all familiar with The Tightwad Gazette (which you should be, by the way) this recipe will be familiar.  This recipe is lower in sodium and artificial colors than the boxed versions.

2 c. uncooked rice
1 c. spaghetti (any thickness) noodles all crunched up into small pieces
1/4 c. dried parsley flakes
6 tsp. instant chicken or beef bouillon (you can use the canned stuff also or fresh broth)
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried thyme. I didn't have thyme (yuk yuk), so I used Italian Seasoning.
Mix everything together.  I only had bouillon cubes so I just added 2 for every one cup of mix. To use put 1 cup mix, 2 tablespoons butter and 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

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