Easiest ever paella

Easiest ever paella

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(223 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

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

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat12g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.29g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 leek or onion, sliced
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 110g pack chorizo sausage, chopped
    Chorizo

    Chorizo

    chore-reeth-oh

    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 300g long grain rice
  • 1l hot fish or chicken stock
  • 200g frozen pea
  • 400g frozen seafood mix, defrosted

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.

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njhall
27th Apr, 2011
5.05
Great recipe. 300g rice = 300ml. Save time on getting out the scales!
sundaynight
13th Apr, 2011
3.05
This was an easy dish to make but the rice didn't cook very well - if I make it again, I will part-cook the rice separately. Also was a little bit bland, might spice it up a bit more next time. Otherwise, looks very impressive and tastes quite nice.
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Rowena Wilkes
12th Apr, 2011
4.05
Tasty recipe. Great for the kids. Could do with a bit more kick for my liking.....maybe chillis or something. Still lovely though
carolinavj
3rd Apr, 2011
Chorizo in the paella only in UK. Paella can be made with seafood, chicken, pork and rabbit but never with chorizo. Long grain rice is not the appropriate rice to use because doesn't absorb the flavours, look for paella rice in tesco. Spanish cooker.
marianaosma
27th Mar, 2011
4.05
Very tasty, but you have to season it well. Next time I will add some chopped red peppers for a little bit of color.
provene
24th Mar, 2011
My local Budgens didn't have frozen seafood mix (surprise, surprise!) so used a tin of 'octopus' in mild garlic sauce and fresh king prawns and a chicken breast instead. Also added mushrooms and a bit of red pepper and it was lovely. Big hit with husband and son. Daughter doesn't like fish (don't know where she gets it from!) but she wasn't home so not a problem. Might try it on her one night as the fish isn't so 'fishy' in this. Husband suffers with a bad tummy if using turmeric, so substituted saffron instead. Needed quite a lot to get that lovely yellow colour, but when you do it's so much more subtle than turmeric and Oh the smell! OK so it's a very expensive spice, but honestly how often and how much do you use it? Go on, you're worth it!
kasonuk
21st Mar, 2011
Super easy and incredibly tasty. The lemon really brings the dish to life too. Great.
emsta88
5th Mar, 2011
5.05
fantastic! really easy to make and packed with taste. a family favorite.
ulrik1997
27th Feb, 2011
5.05
Fantastic dish ! We don't eat pork & I've no experience with paprika, so I substituted chorizo with a spicy beef sausage that was smoked & dried. The result was superb, but I will use a little less next time. This dish also met the high standards demanded by my not-so-easy-to-please sons!
grace5oriordan
23rd Feb, 2011
1.05
found this one a bit bland.

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