Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cheap Eats >> Quick Rice Pilaf

I don't know about your family, but mine loves "Rice-a Roni" Brand 'Herb & Butter' rice.  The children love it to the point of my needing to fix not One, but TWO boxes.  For just one meal.  And that adds up Quick!  Ouch!  So I set about to create my own Rice Pilaf recipe.  No, it's not as creamy as the store-bought boxed mixes but it's sure a whole lot cheaper!  Thankfully the children love it just as well as the $1.25 mixes, even though it's not at all the same!  :)

In a 2-qt saucepan, saute until toasted and aromatic:
1  Cup  Rice
1/4  Cup Small Pasta--Fideo (Fine Vermecelli) preferred, but any small pasta will work--Orzo, Stars, even finely broken Angel Hair or Spaghetti 
1/4  Cup  Butter

Stir in:
1  teaspoon  Dried Onion
1/2  teaspoon  Dried Parsley
1/4  teaspoon  Celery Seed
1/4  teaspoon  Black Pepper
Dash  Poultry Seasoning
2 1/2  teaspoons  Chicken Bullion (Better Than Bullion brand preferred)
2 1/2  Cups  Water

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes, or until all Water is absorbed and Rice is cooked through.  Fluff with a fork and serve to a happy family.

Makes 3  Cups  Rice Pilaf

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