Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Veggie Paella

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3 tbsp olive oil

½ Spanish onion, finely chopped

½ red, green and yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips

½ fennel bulb, cut into strips

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 bay leaves

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp cayenne

150g Calasparra rice

100ml sherry

1 tsp saffron strands

500ml boiling vegetable stock

Sea salt

12 mini plum tomatoes

5 small grilled jarred artichokes, quartered

300g podded broad beans, blanched and skinned

10 pitted Kalamata olives

2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley

4 lemon wedges, to serve


Heat the oil in a paella or large, shallow frying pan, then gently fry the onion for five minutes. Add the peppers and fennel, and fry over medium heat until soft and golden - about eight minutes. Add the garlic, cook for a minute, then add the bay leaves and spices, stir, add the rice and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Add the sherry and saffron, boil down for a minute, then add the stock and a third of a teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat as low as it will go and leave to simmer for 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Do not stir: the low heat will prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Remove the pan from the heat. Taste and add salt if needed, but avoid stirring the rice and vegetables much. Scatter the tomatoes, artichokes and beans over the rice, cover the pan tightly with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Take off the foil, scatter the olives on top, sprinkle with parsley and * serve with lemon wedges.


If your on a fire, try and make a lower heat area. So hot coals one side and the actual fire another side.

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