Basmati Pilaf with Vermicelli and Onions

This is a version of arroz con fidellos (rice with pasta). Fidellos is a thin Sephardic pasta similar to angel hair or vermicelli.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

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Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350º.

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.

Note:

Joy E. Zacharia, R.D.,

December 2006