Rice + Soup: Quick and Easy Rice Side Dishes
One day I had told a group of friends I was going to make something for them to eat. Much to my alarm when I went to look at what to make, there was nothing there. Instant rice, some soup, and some pork. What would that make?
Then I realized that a really quick and easy way to make a side dish (or even meal sometimes) would be just to make the rice and mix the soup, or cook the rice in the soup.
You can make a vast variety of sides just by taking soups that you have laying around the kitchen and mixing away! Here is how to make the rice and then some applications of it.
- 2 Cups+ Cooked Rice, Choose your favorite type!
- 2 Cans Condensed Soup, What ever kind you like!
- 1 Cup Vegetables, Optional. Corn, Peas, Mushrooms, etc.
To Make Rice Side
- Take 2+ cans of condensed soup and heat them on the stove without adding water.
- When hot, add rice. Note: You might want to have some extra rice around, different soups lend to different consistencies - add in rice until you get the consistency you want. It should be really thick.
- If wanted, add assorted vegetables or additional items.
Pork Chop with Chicken Mushroom Rice
This takes very little time at all. All you have to do for the rice is grab some chicken broth and cream of mushroom soup and mix in the rice that you want until it is the consistency that you desire. For this one I add some garlic and Italian seasonings to the rice.
For any extras to the rice, I enjoy corn and/or mushrooms with this.
For the pork you simply fry it - I season it with a garlic parsley salt and tarragon. If you have not used tarragon for pork I would suggest you do. Just be careful not to burn it.
Spicy Vegetable Spanish Rice
The soup here is a mixture of vegetable and Spanish rice soup.
I have to admit, this one started out because I did not like the soup on its own and we had a lot of it. I emptied about 4 cans into a large pot and decided to add rice until it was the right consistency for me. To even it out I added a nice amount of hot sauce. It was surprisingly popular and now I am stuck going to the store and getting more of that soup. Luckily I like this mixture as well.
This soup is also very healthy as half a cup measures in at only 80 calories.
Broccoli Cheese Chicken
This calls for just Broccoli Cheese soup to be heated up before the rice is added to taste/texture. As you would imagine, it is also a quick way to make a nice hearty cheesy broccoli rice.
For the chicken I just use garlic salt and black pepper because for this one I actually chop the chicken into small cubes and mix it in with the rice. Most other flavors will just be covered by the cheese flavors
Split Pea and Ham Rice with Chicken
It may sound strange, but mixing a bacon or ham split pea soup with rice actually comes out tasting delicious and hearty. There are many varieties of the soup, I named the Campbell's one because it is readily available but there are some really good German brands out there.
I use chicken with this because bacon adds a lot to chicken. Season the chicken to taste, then fry or grill it and you are done. So very simple.
And Now You're Done
Now you have yourself a quick and easy rice side dish, or main depending on the soup and extras you used. Using Campbell's condensed and a random bulk rice and you have only spent around 2 dollars for this dish that will be enough for at least 4 people!
These are highly modifiable and you can try your own soup, meat, and vegetable combinations for a huge variety of dishes that take only a few minutes and have a very low cost, yet do not taste low cost at all. Enjoy!