Vegetable Paella
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Vegetable Paella

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Serves 4

An easy, healthy and filling paella-style dish of vegetables and rice.

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 green and 1 red pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 cup (that's cup and not mug) of peas (frozen are fine)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • a good pinch of saffron threads (not absolutely necessary), dissolved in
  • 800ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • ground black pepper
  • 250-300g any long or short grain rice
  • chopped parsley, optional, as much as you like


    1. Prepare all the ingredients and have them lined up in front of you in the order listed above - sounds a bit pedantic, I know, but always makes cooking easier.
    2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the onions and garlic, cover and cook for about 3 minutes until soft. Then add the peppers and peas, stir in, cover again and cook for a few more minutes.
    3. Make a well in the centre, put the tomatoes in the well and the paprika on top. Then add the stock (with the saffron if you have it), but make sure it doesn't overflow: if it gets more then half a cm close to the rim of the pan, stop adding stock and just use less rice. Season with pepper and stir.
    4. Scatter as much of the rice as you think will fit over the stock (depends on your pan, really), stir it in gently, then allow it to simmer gently until the liquid has absorbed and the rice is cooked. This could take about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test a bit of the rice to see if it's cooked, add a bit of stock or hot water if it is not done.
    5. Stir in the parsley a few minutes before it has finished cooking, if you want to use it, then serve hot. It's also pretty nice cold and should keep for a few days in the fridge.

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Comments (15)

zuzie_q's picture

This was yummy!
Skipped the saffron and followed the suggestion in the comments about adding turmeric.
Didn't have any fresh parsley so added some dried along with the spices.
This recipe will be my go to for a paella base now.

cst203's picture

Was very yummy. Used three long thin red peppers rather than the red and green recommended, sliced them to look like squid rings which was visually very appealing. We put in a chopped chilli as well which gave it some lovely heat. We used a paella dish with no lid so had to stir it and cook for a bit longer than stated but still worked really well. Would be nice with a few more vegetables but I'm unsure which ones.

laplayastudio's picture

This is my second time making this, it works really well. I added turmeric to get more yellow colour, some balsamic vinegar and some seasoning salt from USA and also some powdered garlic and half a teaspoon of dried flake chillies as suggested by another commenter. I am cooking this in the Canary Islands so we have lots of saffron at good prices, so did four pinches of this. I also snuck in 4 tablespoons of mild salsa (the kind you dip nachos in) to add to the tomatoes. On the side I did some garlic prawns in olive oil with lots of garlic then finally added that to the top when serving, giving the option of either a vegetarian plate or one with prawns.

murraywood's picture

Try this recipe with a half teaspoon to a full teaspoon of dried flake chillies. Put them in the oil with the onions and garlic. Lovely spiced vegetable rice. One teaspoon is quite spicy. Gives it a lovely kick.

laplayastudio's picture

Yes, this works!

louden236's picture

I made this recipe in a nursery with a group of children to celebrate our spanish theme. it was simple to make children loved making it and it went round lots of them and they enjoyed eating it

louden236's picture

I made this recipe in a nursery with a group of children to celebrate our spanish theme. it was simple to make children loved making it and it went round lots of them and they enjoyed eating it.

jamesewart's picture

We absolutely loved this...loads of garlic!! And I used up all my saffron which was getting old. Really good recipe...looked great tasted better.

dveggie's picture

Thought this was a tasty dish, but used veggie stock (made with Buillon powder) and it wasn't quite tasty enough to get 5 stars. Maybe a homemade veggie stock would have done the trick. Also, served with lots of fresh parsley and a lemon wedge, which made it taste nice and fresh. Added peas later on too as didn't want them to overcook. Oh and also had it with Cauldron veggie sausages which were cooked in the oven first, then sliced and placed on top.

follyfoot82's picture

Really nice. I added a courgette from the garden and a couple of quorn sausages chopped up.

I had never had paella before and I was really suprised how tasty and flavoursome it was. Thanks very much.

tinanthomas's picture

This recipe is wonderful and tastes delicious! One comment I would make is that it does need the saffron to give it that authentic paella taste. Thank you for sharing this - definitely one for my folder!

wendy_t's picture

Couldn't be doing with these very unprofessional instructions

sabre10140's picture

Mmmm This is lovely - especially when Andyp makes it

quierounvaquero's picture

I seem to make this differently every time now!

bethocallaghan's picture

Really good. I made it for two people, using half the veg and 150g rice (I used basmati) and 600ml stock.

Questions (1)

MazJac's picture

Can any leftovers be frozen to eat at later date??

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