Toasted broken spaghetti pieces with rice make a fun and healthy side dish your family is sure to love.
Does Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf look familiar? Does it happen to remind you of your childhood? Perhaps you know it better by the brand that makes it in a box Rice-a-…. You know the one. I absolutely adored the stuff when I was a kid, and funnily enough I had no idea that the rice was mixed with spaghetti. I just have to laugh now. I couldn’t figure out what made this boxed rice so delicious, and so much better than all the other ones. It was the spaghetti dummy. I didn’t realize that until I was an adult. Oh boy, where have I been?
The other day I was buying some couscous and saw a box of rice pilaf. I really, really wanted to buy it, but I stopped buying boxed flavored rice and pastas years ago. It was one processed food that we had kicked out of our pantry. I couldn’t go back. So why not make it at home? Why, oh why, did I wait so long? It is so easy and so delicious. My little one had one bite, her eyes rolled back and she got a big smile on her face. “More please!” I was lucky there was any left to take pictures of. I have to admit, I was stealing little forkfuls before dinner time too. My husband, who always steals bites while I am making dinner, tried to get a few big spoonfuls. I growled at him and reminded him I needed to take pictures before we eat. Yes, we tend to eat a cold dinner because pictures come first.
Luckily this makes a good serving size, and we all happily chowed down. I cannot wait to make this again. I already have another flavor ready to go. This is so versatile, and I really did feel like a kid again. I couldn’t help singing the TV commercial jingle from the boxed version. Do you remember it? “The San Fransisco treat.” This did feel like a treat but is still healthy. I’m going to have to buy a new box of spaghetti just so we can break them up.
What is your favorite side dish?
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