This is a version of arroz con fidellos (rice with pasta). Fidellos is a thin Sephardic pasta similar to angel hair or vermicelli.
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
How to Make It
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.
This recipe was delicious! It was very easy to make, and made quite a lot. Served on Thanksgiving and it was a hit! Used a 12" oven-proof skillet instead of a dutch oven; also swapped vegetable broth for chicken broth, and omitted the green onions. Break the vermicelli in smaller pieces than specified -- 2 in. was a bit long and it just seemed odd to see strands of pasta in the rice. Would definitely make it again.
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