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How to Make Winter Paella

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 8

Bursting with flavor, comfort and winter veggies, this paella can be made in minutes! ...MORE+ LESS-

Cheeky Kitchen Cheeky Kitchen
September 20, 2016

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups Muir Glen™ Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
3/4
cup roasted red peppers
5
cloves garlic
1/2
sweet onion
1/2
cup olive oil
1/2
cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed
1
teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
4
cups cooked bomba or brown rice
Generous pinch saffron threads
1
red bell pepper, diced
1
cup sliced mushrooms (cremini or bella)
1 1/2
cup butternut squash cubes
4
links chicken sausage, sliced
4
links spicy Italian sausage, sliced
2/3
cup Spanish olive mix, pitted
1
cup frozen peas
2
tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Steps

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  • 1
    In a blender, puree tomatoes, roasted peppers, garlic, onion, 1/4 cup olive oil, cilantro, paprika and salt. Pour into a large skillet, add rice and saffron threads. Heat over medium-high heat until the rice has soaked up all of the sauce. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and set aside.
  • 2
    In a second large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over high heat. Toss in bell peppers, mushrooms, butternut squash, sausages and olives. Cook until the edges of the sausages turn golden brown and vegetables become tender (about 6-8 minutes). Transfer vegetables to the rice skillet, tossing until well combined. Return skillet to heat, turning to medium, add peas to the skillet and cook until warm (about 3-4 minutes). Fold peas into the rice mixture. Garnish with parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • For maximum authentic flavor and texture, purchase a bag of bomba rice online. With a rounder, heartier texture, this delicious Spanish rice soaks up the flavors of the sofrito sauce and makes for an absolutely incredible meal.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
490
Calories from Fat
270
% Daily Value
Total Fat
30g
46%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
14%
Sodium
1650mg
69%
Potassium
400mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
5g
23%
Sugars
5g
Protein
18g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
40%
40%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • My boyfriend works in the Basque Country in Spain, and I knew he was something special when, the first day we met, he admitted to spending most of the day ironing napkins after throwing a paella party the night before.

    “A paella party?” I inquired. Impressed, I listened fervently as he shared all of the measures he took to create an authentic skillet full of homemade paella. From shipping in Bomba rice to simmering sofrito (the aromatic sauce) for hours on the stovetop, to timing it all just right in order to serve up a perfect skillet of Spanish paella.

    I nodded, smiled, and secretly made plans to become his friend forever. Because any man who makes his own paella is a man worth keeping.

    Fast forward to last week, when I was craving a pot of homemade rice and veggies. Something warm and comforting, made with all the best winter ingredients. He suggested it sounded as if I was begging for a paella, so we decided to go in together and whip up some magic.

    My only request? We had to do it shortcut style. I couldn’t want for the hours it would take to recreate a perfect pot of the stuff. So, we had to find a way to hack it.

    The results, dear reader, were splendid. Here’s how we did it:

    Our ingredient line-up was pretty basic. We started with fire roasted tomatoes (to cut down on the simmering sauce needs). We also decided to skip the Bomba rice, using pre-cooked brown rice, instead. Though the BF said he still prefers Bomba, he did say brown rice was an “acceptable alternative”. There you have it.

    Start by blending together the sauce. Roasted red peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, garlic and a kiss of saffron. Poured into a pot of precooked rice.

    Simmer until the rice soaks up the flavorful sauce. Try not to spoon it all into your mouth instantly. It’s so good!

    We decided to prep the veggies in a second skillet.

    Doing so helped us time the readiness of the rice with perfectly cooked veggies—no worries about burning the rice or undercooking the mix-ins this way.

    Once sautéed, I transferred most of the veggies into the rice, leaving just a few behind to help warm and flavor a cup of frozen peas.

    Once ready, this final mix was tossed into the top of our rice. And our paella was complete.

    Except that, Mr. Authentico said it really does need a sprinkle of parsley. And so, we sprinkled.

    And then, we grabbed spoons and dove right in. Winter cravings were cured, comfort food comforted. This pot of homemade Winter Paella was exactly what I was looking for. Looks like Mr. Right was right.

    Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!

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