Make Your Own Rice-A-Roni

Make Your Own Rice-A-Roni

In 10 minutes and just a few ingredients that you already have in your pantry, you can put together several of these Rice-A-Roni packets. You will save oodles of money, since you don't have to go out and buy any ingredients! Plus you can control the ingredients: White or brown rice, regular or whole wheat pasta, as well as  use low sodium Chicken Bouillon and there is almost no salt! No msg either.  I used whole wheat angel hair pasta and  quick cooking brown rice, but you can use any kind of rice you have on hand (just adjust the water &  cooking time).

I based my  recipe on a recipe from one of my favorite blogs: www.hillbillyhousewife.com.  You should check them out!
Ok, onto the recipe:
Click here for a printable copy including the cooking instructions to staple to your packets.
Rice -A Roni Packets

3/4 cup rice (white or brown; regular or instant cooking)
1/4 cup broken spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder & italian seasoning (or poultry seasoning)
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon powder or 3 cubes smashed into powder form

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Label a ziplock storage bag and attach cooking directions (listed below). Pour Rice-a-roni mix into bag and seal. Store in pantry.

Jan's tip: Note: the amount of water & cooking time is different in the recipes below for regular and instant rice. 

Cooking directions:
For Regular Rice (not instant) stove top directions:
In saucepan mix together 2 Tablespoons Margarine, 2 1/2 cups water , and rice-a-roni mix.  Stir together
Heat to boiling. Put lid on pan and reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer 20 minutes for white rice and up to 45 minutes for brown.  Serve hot.

For Regular Rice (not instant) Microwave directions: 
cooking times will vary for every microwave. here is some guidelines:
Microwave rice mix, water and margarine in microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes on high(until boiling) reduce power to 50% (power level 5) power and microwave 15 minutes for white/20 minutes for brown, or until water is absorbed. Let sit 5 minutes. serve hot.

For Instant rice Stovetop:

In saucepan mix together 2 Tablespoons Margarine, 1 cup water , and rice-a-roni mix.  Stir together
Heat to boiling. Put lid on pan and reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer 5 minutes   Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

For Instant rice Microwave:
In Microwave save bowl, mix together 2 Tablespoons margarine, 1 cup water and rice a roni mix. lightly cover bowl and microwave on high for 7-9 minutes. Do not remove lid. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and serve hot.


  1. Thank you! My younger son is a Rice-a-Roni fanatic but I will not allow it in the house anymore because of all the sodium and unnatural ingredients. I think I could mix up the dry ingredients and then add organic chicken boullion paste when I cook it up!

    1. I was not familiar with Organic Boullion paste, I would love to hear how it turns out! Thanks for writing!

  2. thank you so much, as I sit here eating my rice-a-roni for the last time! I can't wait to try this; and maybe try some with maybe some dehydrated mushrooms and other things!

    1. Have fun playing around with the ingredients! My husband would love the dehydrated mushrooms! Thanks for stopping by !\

  3. Oh my goodness I just found your blog and I love it. I'm going to be following you for sure! I'm going to feature this in todays post, hope you don't mind!

    Cindy @ Apron Strings and Apple Trees

    1. Thanks Cindy! Of course I don't mind! Glad you like it! I am popping over now to visit you, too!

  4. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

  5. Great tips! I would substitute your own home made chicken broth or stock for the water and skip the bouillon. You can make chicken broth/stock really cheap and keep it in the freezer in 1 or 2 cup portions in ziploc bags! Beware if you are sensitive to MSG that *most* (if not all, including organic and "all natural") bouillon has free glutamic acid which is essentially, MSG under a different name. Some key words on labels to look for are: yeast extract, anything "autolyzed" or "hydrolyzed," etc. More ingredients that always or often contain MSG: http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html

  6. The more online cooking recipes I find the more I am learning about cooking. It is always a good idea to write down such tips or putting them on a computer.

  7. For the stove top directions is that for a cup of rice mixture?

    1. Yes, it's for ine full packet of the mix, which is just about 1 cup with all the seasonings, etc.

    2. One full packet.....


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