Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf – Rice-a-Roni copy cat recipe

Toasted broken spaghetti pieces with rice make a fun and healthy side dish your family is sure to love.

Copy Cat Rice-a-Roni that is healthy. Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dinner Recipe.

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.

Copy Cat Rice-a-Roni that is healthy. Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dinner Recipe.

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?

Copy Cat Rice-a-Roni that is healthy. Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dinner Recipe.
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Yields 6 servings

Serves About 1/2 cup

Broken Spaghetti Rice Pilaf

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced shallots or onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 oz. whole wheat spaghetti, broken into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add shallots and garlic and saute until shallots are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add rice and spaghetti and increase to medium-high heat. Stir the rice often and toast until lightly golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover the skillet.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes, or until rice and spaghetti is done.
  6. Turn off the heat and add salt, if needed.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. My great aunt taught me this recipe, so much better & cheaper than boxed. I often use fine egg noodles, they're just easier. I take a fistful from the bag and crush it right into the pot.
  2. sounds like a terrific side dish!
  3. Do you think I can use brown rice in this recipe. I'd love to try it!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Chriss, The cooking time will be different with brown rice. I think the pasta will probably be really overdone. Maybe par cook the brown rice and then finish the recipe. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie

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