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homemade rice a roni in a white bowl with a pat of butter on top
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5 from 5 votes

Homemade Rice-A-Roni

Quick & Easy Side dish that is fully customizable.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Louise


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter salted or unsalted is fine
  • 1 ounce vermicelli
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 1 tsp sea salt fine grind
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp thyme leaves dried or 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ tsp basil dried or 1 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 cups water


  • Slice the leeks into thin strips and set aside. Peel and dice the garlic. Measure out the spices and other ingredients.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil with 2 Tbsp butter on sear/sauté set to medium high. When hot break the vermicelli noodles into small pieces into the pot. Add the rice and stir. Add in the garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes or until the vermicelli starts to brown.
  • Add in leeks, seasonings and stir. Add the water and put the pressure lid on. Turn the valve to VENT and select the steam function, set the time to 7 minutes.
  • When the time is up and the button on the lid has dropped, open the lid and fluff the rice. Serve & Enjoy


*If you are using an Instant Pot that requires the valve to be sealed when steaming, then decrease your cook time to 5 minutes with an immediate release to avoid overcooking.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg