If you are anything like me, you may have wondered how come rice and pasta are some of the cheapest foods, and yet those little boxes of Rice-A-Roni or Pasta-Roni are so darn expensive. Now occasionally you may be able to use some creative couponing to get these boxed foods at drop-dead prices, but when your supplies run low, this cheap and easy alternative may be just the trick. As a side benefit, if you store your bulk items like rice and pasta properly, your shelf life on this will be much longer than a box of Rice-A-Roni.
Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe
from The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczy
2 c. rice
1 c. angel hair, vermicelli or spaghettini pasta, broken into very small pieces
¼ c. parsley
6 Tbsp. chicken bullion powder
2 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. thyme
Combine all ingredients and mix well. To prepare: Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a skillet. Add 1 c. of the mix and stir. Add 2 ¼ c. water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
For other ideas for homemade mixes check out the AWESOME Make-A-Mix book.