side dish recipes

When Dave and I first were married, one of my favorite things to cook was Rice-A-Roni. I’ve loved it ever since I was a little girl and as a newlywed it was one of the few dishes I had totally mastered. 

Fast forward thirteen years and I (mostly) go for a more refined dinner menu so I asked J to help me figure out how to make a version for the site. This Homemade Rice-a-Roni is not only delicious, but it’s super easy to make. Whip it up and  serve it as a side to my Roast Chicken or Balsamic Pot Roast!

homemade rice a roni

Start by adding a bit of olive oil to a large skillet and toasting the noodles for a minute or two. 

toasting noodles

Stir in the onions, rice, and parsley. Cook for a minute or two longer to develop the flavor. 

cooking rice on the stove

Stir in the chicken stock (you can also use vegetable stock if you prefer) and bring up to a simmer. Lower the heat to low and place the lid on. Cook on low until soft and tender. 

cooked rice

Top with a bit more of fresh parsley if you want that pop of color, right before serving. 

rice a roni


side recipes

Homemade Rice-a-Roni
Homemade Rice-a-Roni tastes even better than the store-bought version. It's the perfect quick and easy side dish for all of your meals.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 cups vermicelli noodles
  3. 1 cup white rice, rinsed
  4. 1 small yellow onion, diced
  5. 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  1. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat along with the olive oil. Add the noodles and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the rice, onion, parsley and salt. Cook for a minute or two longer.
  2. Add in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and lower the flame to low. Cook until the rice is soft and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
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