Homemade Beef or Chicken Rice-A-Roni

3/4 cup rice
1/2 cup angel hair pasta, broken into small pieces, or vermicelli if you can find it
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cube beef or chicken bouillon
1/4 cup diced onion (for beef version)
2 2/3 cups hot water

In medium skillet (with lid), melt the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add rice and pasta and cook, stirring, until lightly browned.

Dissolve bouillon cube or soup mix in hot water and add to skillet. (Also add diced onion if not using soup mix for the beef flavor.) Bring to a simmer and cover.

Simmer on low heat, covered, approximately 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. If necessary, add more water and continue simmering until rice is tender.