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Arroz Blanco con Fideos
Serves 6 to 8

2 cups white rice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 lb or about 1 cup angel hair pasta, broken into pieces
1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove
4 cups water or chicken broth
1 tbsp fresh lime juice, optional
1 tsp kosher or sea salt, or to taste

Soak the white rice in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. In a cooking pot, heat the oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the angel hair and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. It should be browned but not burnt.

Incorporate the drained rice, cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice achieves a milky white color and it feels and sounds heavier when you move it.

Add the chopped onion and garlic, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour the water or broth over the rice, add the salt and lime juice, and once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid, and cook for about 20 minutes.

The rice is ready when the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender and cooked. Turn off the heat and keep it covered for at least 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.


Excellent cooking show.

Thank you Nena! I truly appreciate the compliment!

ayer hice este arroz con arroz brown y con fideos de wheat y me quedo delicioso….tratalo

This recipe was exceptionally tasty! It’s a perfect side dish and a delicious alternative to plain rice.
My kids loved this dish and it will become a recipe I will use again and again.
Thank you Pati for sharing this delicious rice recipe with everyone.

Wonderful cooking show. You are a joy to watch. This is a very special rice dish. The flavors and texture blend beautifully.
Thank You Pati!

Thank you Ann! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

Delicioso! And watching you cook, on TV or in person at the Cultural Mexican Institute events, Is a pleasure!

Thank you so much Patricia!

I love this recipe. The toasted pasta added a nutty flavor to the rice. I also changed it by adding some veggies to the dish. it was better then i thought…

Glad you liked it Sierra and great idea about the veggies!

If you add some chickpeas, brown lentils, and onion, then top it off with tomato sauce and a splash of vinegar or garlic juice, you’d have a close approximation of kushari (sometimes spelled koshari), a popular street food in Egypt. It makes a very filling vegetarian meal.

That sounds delicious, Kalon!! I will have to try. Thank you for sharing!

Me encanto la idea de este pilaf de arroz con fideos. Lo acabo de hacer y me gusto mucho. Cuando lo estaba dorando le agregue un punado de pasas doradas, almendras blanqueadas, rebanadas y pinones. Ademas una rama pequena de canela mexicana y quedo fabuloso. Perfecto para mi pollo marinado en yoghurt.
Tengo que probar tu receta de pollo con chabacano y chipotle. Estoy segura que esta buenisimo!
Muchas gracias Paty!

In your recipe white rice with toasted angel hair pasta, what does soaking the rice in hot water and rinsing it do? Is it removing the starch?

Yes, it is removing the starch. Soak in hot water for 5 minutes, then dump into a colander and rinse with cold water until it runs clear.

I love this version of Spanish Rice, but isn’t there another form of Spanish Rice that deals with Tomato Paste and Clamto’.

Hi Jimmy, I think you are thinking of Spanish red rice, for which there are many different versions. Here is my recipe:

My kids and I love watching your show, Pati! There are many recipes you make that intrigue me and make me want to create them myself. Keep up the great work. Please just add a link to pin your recipes on pinterest. I would love to share these with friends and family.

Hola Savannah, I’m on Pinterest:!! Please share my recipes with your friends and family! :) Thank you so much!

tried the recipe and love it, my two favorite side dishes in one, fideo and rice, I also put in extra onions since I love onions and added a little cilantro, delicious. thanks pati will be trying more of your recipes!!!

Hola Esther!! So happy you are trying my recipes! Let me know if you ever have any questions…

Hi Pati,
I made this rice last night and absolutely loved it. It’s actually addictive. I contacted you last winter with a question about the tamarind concentrate for the Chicken with Tamarind and Apricot. I appreciated your response. I still haven’t made it but I’ll let you know when I do. Thanks for this rice recipe.
Be well,

Lisa, I’m thrilled you loved it! All my best!

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