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Basmati Pilaf with Vermicelli and Onions

Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
This is a version of arroz con fidellos (rice with pasta). Fidellos is a thin Sephardic pasta similar to angel hair or vermicelli.

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped Rio or other sweet onion
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 3/4 cup (2 ounces) uncooked vermicelli, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 140
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 3 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 3.1 g
  • carbohydrate 25.2 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 289 mg
  • calcium 10 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 3/4 cup sweet onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add basmati rice and pasta; cook 2 minutes or until rice is opaque, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken broth, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 350º for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand 15 minutes. Uncover; stir in parsley and green onions.