Thursday, October 18, 2012

White Rice with Toasted Angel Hair Pasta

I LOVE watching my foodie shows. Learning new cooking techniques, new recipes, and sometimes the shock factor of what other people eat! I enjoy the Food Network, but sometimes get tired of it. The Cooking Channel is not offered here (sob), so one day I found myself over at PBS. Does anyone else watch the cooking shows over there? I was in shock at how many are aired. I set my DVR to record Pati's Mexican Table, and am so glad I did! I came to find out it was her first season, and her second season is starting soon. I am going to be checking into more of the shows over at PBS now!

Pati's Mexican Table is a great show. Pati teaches you Mexican cooking, something I would truly love to learn. So, the other night when I was looking for a side dish, I remembered a simple dish she made on her show. Why not start simple? I loved it!  If you haven't seen Pati's show, please check it out... and try this recipe! The only change I made to it, was to add some cilantro... Just because I love cilantro!

White Rice with Toasted Angel Hair Pasta (Source: Pati's Mexican Table)

2 cups white rice
c. vegetable oil  

1 c. angel hair pasta, broken into pieces  
1/4 c. white onion, diced  
1 garlic clove, minced 
4 c. water or chicken broth 
1 T. fresh lime juice 
1 t. kosher salt
1/4 c. chopped cilantro 
Soak 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. (On the show she describes the color as "tanned")

Add the drained rice, cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Rice should reach a milky white color and it feels and sounds heavier when you move it.

Add onion and garlic, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add water or broth to the rice, add the salt and lime juice.  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. Add cilantro.  Fluff with a fork and serve. 

Sharing this recipe at:
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  1. I have never heard of this cooking show but this dish looks great! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  2. I've not ever seen such a recipe, nor the cooking show, but am always driven to try new things! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!

  3. What an interesting dish....I want to try is right now.It does sounds like a great combination except thr cilantro. I just can't do that herb. I tried so many times and I just can't even smell it.

  4. Interesting, delicious, different! Good job on this one!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link

    Can't wait to see you there!

  5. thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.

  6. Thanks for reminding me about this - I wouldn't have thought of putting rice and pasta together. Cheers from carole's Chatter