Homemade Rice a Roni
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Adapted from a recipe for Homemade Rice A Roni from The Tightwad Gazette. For an easy side dish, simply omit the protein in this recipe.
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 lb ground turkey (can sub beef or tempeh, or leave it out)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti (gluten-free, if needed), broken into one-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) dairy-free buttery spread or sticks
  • 4 cups dairy-free beef bouillon broth or beef broth (can sub chicken, mushroom or vegetable broth)
  • Salt, to taste (optional)
  • Black pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Freshly chopped parsley (optional)
  • Hot sauce (optional), for serving
  1. Brown the turkey (or other protein) and chopped onion in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Drain and place in a bowl.
  3. Melt the buttery spread in the skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the dry rice and spaghetti pieces, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown.
  5. They will brown unevenly, which is fine.
  6. Add the turkey, onion, and broth to the pan and stir.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice and spaghetti are fully cooked.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, if desired. For a spicy kick at the table, serve with your family's favorite hot sauce.
Broth Tips: We like Orrington Farms Broth Base and Seasoning, which has vegan chicken, beef, and vegetable options and no MSG. If you choose to use broth instead of bouillon broth, you will probably need to add salt at the end.
Brown Rice Option: If using brown rice, you will need to extend the cooking time to 30-50 minutes.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/homemade-rice-roni