Easiest ever paella

Easiest ever paella

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Think paella's too much of a challenge? Think again, this easy recipe makes it foolproof and is full of fantastic flavour

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
518
protein
32g
carbs
75g
fat
12g
saturates
0.4g
fibre
5g
sugar
5g
salt
1.29g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek or onion, sliced
  • 110g pack chorizo sausage, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 300g long grain rice
  • 1l hot fish or chicken stock
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 400g frozen seafood mix, defrosted

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, then soften the leek for 5 mins without browning. Add the chorizo and fry until it releases its oils. Stir in the turmeric and rice until coated by the oils, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Tip in the peas and cook for 5 mins, then stir in the seafood to heat through for a final 1-2 mins cooking or until rice is cooked. Check for seasoning and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2007

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mellie11's picture
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This is a really good store-cupboard (and freezer) recipe. Like others I usually add a pepper but it's fine without when the fridge is empty! There are more interesting and elaborate paella recipes out there but this is so quick and tasty it gets 5* as an easy healthy mid-week supper.

meanie303's picture
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Pretty good recipe. I was making this for a pescatarian so I dropped the chorizo and added Paprika to jazz it up a little instead. Like some of the other commenters I also added additional veg - red peppers and runner beans - after the onion browning phase. It worked well.

meanie303's picture
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Pretty good recipe. I was making this for a pescatarian so I dropped the chorizo and added Paprika to jazz it up a little instead. Like some of the other commenters I also added additional veg - red peppers and runner beans - after the onion browning phase. It worked well.

lucybeth27's picture
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I have lost count the amount of times I've cooked this recipe. First time around I cooked it using the ingredients in the recipe plus garlic but minus tentacles as not a fan.

The best thing about this recipe is that it's a great base for anything else you want to chuck in. I've put in some or all of the following since:
Peppers
Asparagus
Chicken
White wine
Courgettes.

Love cooking it outside in a paella pan on the gas BBQ. Love it.

stingrayting's picture
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This is a good basic recipe but I found it too bland for my taste when I followed the recipe as is for the first time. However it's quite flexible so I'd still recommend it.

The second time I made this, I used onions (instead of the leek), added some crushed garlic, diced red peppers as well as some smoked paprika and a little extra olive oil before adding the uncooked rice. Then I added stronger stock with a few tablespoons of tomato paste (tomato purée) and the outcome was notably tastier.

The next time I make this, I'll replace some of the stock with a tin of diced tomatoes or else add a few dashes of white wine as others have suggested.

EDIT: Found another paella recipe on this site which is similar to this with the modifications above - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/764637/easy-paella

betsyvriend's picture

Cooked this recipe with the additions you suggested; also began by frying two chicken breasts cut into pieces then adding the pieces after the stock etc. Was absolutely bloody delicious. Made a massive amount which was still devoured in full by four people. Thanks for your tips, I'll definitely make this again!!!!

rgover90's picture
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Very easy recipe to follow and very tasty!

edel72's picture

As someone who is terrible at cooking rice, I absolutely love this recipe! So simple and so adaptable. I usually cook off some chicken fillet in the pan first, put it aside and then go from step one (I use prawns and not seafood mix). Have used all sorts of veggies in this and everything works. I also use brown rice to up our fibre intake and my teenage son (who'd run a mile from a healthier alternative!!) has never noticed. Five stars.

Bexxx's picture

Fab little recipe, I recommend adding extra prawns and some chicken!

cocoakelechi's picture

I added kallo chicken stock, a red pepper and garlic and saffron to mine. It was brilliant!!!

gillaaa2's picture
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Very easy. Big hit with all the family. Will make again.

chessylee's picture

AMAZING! first time I have ever made paella and it scored top marks in my house! highly recommended recipe. love love love it!

parksportslade's picture
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REALLY LOVELY. I cooked this on a barbecue table in the garden and it was perfect. It looked fantastic and tasted divine. I was cooking for friends and left out the chorizo because one person only ate fish food. I added some paprika and it worked perfectly. Will DEFINITELY cook this again.

pollymfarmer's picture
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Really easy and tasty! I'd never dared make paella before and I will definitely be making this again!

apvdstelt's picture
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Added chicken and prawns. Delish!

thehickstar's picture
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Great recipe, doddle to make and can easily be adapted to suit all tastes. I just added chicken, a red pepper, white wine and prawns...a mighty fine meal it was! Thanks very much.

jackarama's picture
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add half a teaspoon of cayenne with the chorizo to give it a lovely wee kick. my wife loved this recipe

miketv's picture

I like to add white wine, chopped red peppers and chicken. Delicious.

nursenicola's picture
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Very simple and tasty dish with very little preparation needed. Never thought I would be able to make a paella but this recipe really is fool-proof!

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