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Armenian Rice

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 8 to 10

  1. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  2. 3 ounces vermicelli or angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch lengths (1 cup)
  3. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  4. 4 cups long-grain white rice
  5. 8 cups chicken stock, warmed
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
  7. 1/3 cup thinly sliced mint leaves
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter. Stir in the vermicelli and pine nuts and cook over high heat until golden brown, 3 minutes. Stir in the rice. Add the chicken stock, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of white pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 25 minutes, until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed. Uncover, fluff with a fork and cover again. Let stand for 20 minutes. Stir in half of the mint; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the rice to a bowl. Garnish with the remaining mint and serve right away.