Here's my version of what's often called 'the San Francisco treat,' although the next time I see this served here will be the first time. I used real chicken broth and a variety of seasonings.

Chef John
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Spice blend:
Rice:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix together salt, pepper, coriander, mustard powder, celery salt, paprika, turmeric, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and pasta. Cook and stir until onions soften and pasta turns golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in spice blend; cook and stir about 30 seconds. Add rice and stir until rice is coated with butter, about 1 minute.

  • Pour in chicken broth. Bring to a simmer. Stir; reduce heat to low. Cover with a tight-fitting lid; cook for 17 minutes. Remove from heat; let covered skillet sit for 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir in parsley, fluffing rice and breaking up any clumps.

Chef's Note:

You can substitute 2/3 cup broken up spaghetti (small pieces) for the orzo pasta if you like.

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 1098 mg sodium. 51.4 g carbohydrates; 6.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2017
My only change would be to use fideo pasta which can be found in Walmart or in the Spanish food section. It is simply angel hair pasta that has been cut to 1 1/2 inches. I will be making this Ricw-Ahhhhh-Roni over and over again. Thank you Chef John. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/17/2017
I did not care for this recipe. I cooked this exactly as written and it was still real crunchy after 17 minutes. In fact I had to cook it probably about an hour! So then I had to keep adding more chicken broth to it because it was drying up so the spices were getting more and more diluted. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2017
My only change would be to use fideo pasta which can be found in Walmart or in the Spanish food section. It is simply angel hair pasta that has been cut to 1 1/2 inches. I will be making this Ricw-Ahhhhh-Roni over and over again. Thank you Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2017
My only change would be to use fideo pasta which can be found in Walmart or in the Spanish food section. It is simply angel hair pasta that has been cut to 1 1/2 inches. I will be making this Ricw-Ahhhhh-Roni over and over again. Thank you Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2017
This rice dish was so easy to make and boy was it delicious. My husband and daughter and our guest enjoyed it immensely. Will be making this again real soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2017
Deeeeeelicious!!! I'll make this over and over again. Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2017
I was so happy to make this recipe! I loved Rice-A-Roni as a kid but don t make it often because it s not good for you This recipe was easy and I had everything on hand will definitely be making it again Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/16/2017
I did not care for this recipe. I cooked this exactly as written and it was still real crunchy after 17 minutes. In fact I had to cook it probably about an hour! So then I had to keep adding more chicken broth to it because it was drying up so the spices were getting more and more diluted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2018
Very good. Nice departure from regular boring rice or the preservative filled Rice A Roni. Didn't have mustard powder still delicious. Will add to rotation and add celery and or leeks to make more fancy. If you make as directed and a good quality chicken broth - there is no way that this would not be a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2017
So delicious! I used all rice no pasta it was still amazing hubby had multiple servings. Yum yum thank you Chef John! His apple pie is incredible too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2017
We really loved this. Easy and delicious. Followed the recipe and had no issues Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
Perfect. Followed the directions of a t Absolutely perfect. Read More
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