Easy paella

Easy paella

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Whip up this traditional Spanish dish straight from the storecupboard - it's low-fat too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal431
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein34g
  • salt2.14g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp each hot smoked paprika and dried thyme
    Paprika

    Paprika

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    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 300g paella or risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine (optional)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with garlic
    Tomato

    Tomato

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    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 900ml chicken stock
  • 400g bag frozen seafood mix
  • juice ½ lemon, other half cut into wedges
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

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    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and soften for 5 mins. Stir in the paprika, thyme and rice, stir for 1 min, then splash in the Sherry or wine, if using. Once it has evaporated, stir in the tomatoes and stock. Season and cook, uncovered, for about 15 mins, stirring now and again until rice is almost tender and still surrounded with some liquid.

  2. Stir the frozen seafood into the pan and cover with a lid. Simmer for 5 mins, or until the prawns are cooked through and the rice is tender. Squeeze over the lemon juice, scatter with parsley and serve with extra lemon wedges.

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Comments (21)

stevesmith711's picture

Made this as per the ingredients. Totally rubbish. Could not eat it at all. It went in the bin and we went for a take away. How can anyone say this works is beyond me. It was just mush and gloop. Come on BBC up your game.

lucy58468lu's picture
3.75

I must admit that I have never eaten paella before but I found this really easy to make and delicious. I added peas and found that they made the dish more interesting and I will probably be making this again (with peas).

Tom Sheldon Food Official's picture
3.75

Delicious! I swapped several of the ingredients and it was still very enjoyable. Will do again!

caroles21's picture
3.75

Very tasty and very easy. Needed a bit more liquid than suggested. Will try it with chorizo next time. Yummy!

comraich's picture

Great recipe and by doubling the quantities it makes an excellent meal for a large family gathering. I'm adding langoustines and scallops for a Mothers' Day family treat.

troni's picture
5

Excellent recipe. So straightforward and 5 star results. Probably the tastiest meal I have made and eaten in quite a while. I will definitely be making this again.

nikkijane1964's picture
0

Please don't waste lovely seafood on this recipe - it is truly awful.

nikkijane1964's picture
0

Please don't waste lovely seafood on this recipe - it is truly awful.

rosievimes's picture
5

I have also made this recipe a few times, and really recommend it, especially if you're looking to make paella for the first time. It's straight forward and fairly quick to do. Similar to the comments below, I sometimes subsitute chicken and chorizo instead of the seafood, which works very well. If you are using seafood I would say fresh is best if you can get it, otherwise frozen is perfectly fine. It's definitely a recipe I keep coming back to.

CookingCopper's picture
5

I've used this recipe several times and it always works a treat. Added prawns, chicken and chorizo today. Really easy to make, tastes great and highly recommended.

jennykw's picture
4

Very nice!
Tried this with chicken breast, chorizo and prawns. Served to friends (one being a sea food hater) and they all loved it!
I also added a tsp of chilli powder and peas at the end.

vike87's picture
5

Made this for our Valentines meal. We both loved it, so easy to make and tasty. We substituted the fish mix for prawns chicken and chorizo. Delicious.

ceciln's picture
4

Felt a bit peckish & decided to give it a go.
Started with browning some diced chicken breast & added sweet peppers, peas & a little extra chilli.
Must of eaten about 4lb rice in 24 hours. EXCELLENT.

sywookes's picture
4

Really enjoyed this.

robertwormald's picture
4

this was so easy, took just a few minutes prep everything. It got good comments too from the friends who ate it.

I added about 150g of chorizo, as described in the "Try" tip, but not the chickpeas :)

ginpop's picture

Very good. Added some peppers and peas, quick easy menu after coming in from shopping.

purplechaffinch's picture
4

I liked it & would make it again. I added a bit of diced chorizo as there was some lurking in the fridge.

numpty1's picture

this is a really easy recipe. My daughter made it last night for her boyfriend and it was a success. She added a chilli for a little bite, which went really well with the dish

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Questions (2)

chipchap's picture

When cooking a Paella do you boil the rice first.

lucy58468lu's picture
3.75

No, it will cook in the stock, good luck. I really enjoyed this meal when I made it.

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