Lulu's Armenian Rice

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

3 ounces vermicelli or angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch length (1 cup)

1/2 cup pine nuts

4 cups long grain white rice

8 cups chicken stock, warmed

Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper

1/3 cup thinly sliced mint leaves

In 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 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon 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 s bowl. Garnish with the remaining mint and serve right away.