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Vegetarian Paella Recipe - Artichoke & Red Onion

Recipe for Paella

Paella is awesome. There are so many different flavour combinations you can use to produce really tasty, healthy and satisfying dishes. Vegetarian? No problem – try this artichoke & red onion paella kindly given to us from our friends at Hillmotts and whip up this Spanish classic with a twist.


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 red onions, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g/14oz paella rice, such as calasparra
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 800ml/1 pint 7fl oz hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 200g/7oz cherry tomatoes
  • 150g/5½oz fresh peas
  • 125ml/4fl oz good quality extra virgin olive oil, preferably Spanish
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to serve
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can artichoke hearts in water, drained and rinsed


  1. In a frying pan, heat one tablespoon of the vegetable oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add the paella rice, ground turmeric and smoked paprika and stir well to coat the vegetables in the spices.
  3. Add the hot stock and chopped rosemary and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring well. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 18-20 minutes, or until the paella rice has absorbed most of the liquid.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and peas and continue to simmer for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the rice is just tender.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle over the olive oil, then stir until well combined. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan over a medium heat. Rub the drained artichokes all over in the remaining three tablespoons of vegetable oil. When the pan is hot, add the oiled artichoke hearts and griddle for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown griddle marks appear on both sides (NB: Do not stir the artichoke hearts as you griddle them).
  7. To serve, spoon the paella into the centre of four serving plates. Place some of the griddled artichokes on top of each serving.



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