Rice-a-Roni is a great side that is simple and super inexpensive to make. Take 15 minutes to make up a big batch and store in your pantry for up to 1 year, making it a quick go to grab for a side dish.
This homemade version leaves out a few things that aren’t necessary in the boxed store version – artificial flavors, colors, extra sodium, etc. When you add the wet ingredients you can control exactly how much sodium and fat that goes into it. Use low sodium broth, and real butter instead of margarine to make it a healthier choice.
Mix all ingredients together and store in a container.
There is a noticeable price difference too! You will pay around $1.25 for a box at the grocery. The small amount of ingredients you will use from your pantry make this homemade version about $0.50. Healthier and less expensive makes this family favorite a no brainer when you want something besides potatoes.