Paella Esmeralda (Emerald Paella)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is so wonderful!! No meat in this recipe so it is a great recipe for everyone. I do not know where the original recipe came from as I got it from a friend. Instead of the parmesan cheese, you can substitute Manchego cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the vegetable broth, parsley, basil, saffron, and cumin in a skillet over low heat. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in the paella pan and lightly toast pine nuts. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and sauté until tender.
  3. Add the olives and spinach and cook for several minutes, until spinach has wilted.
  4. Mix in the rice and pour in the vegetable broth mixture, combining well.
  5. Cook until the rice is tender and all the broth has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.
  6. Mix in the cheese and allow to cool for several minutes before serving.
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I really enjoyed this tonight! I served with Green Chili and Monterey Jack Quesadillas. I lovee the taste of the olives and really enjoyed the light crunch of the pine nuts. Thank you! I forgot the Parmesan cheese, but it didn't matter. It was all good!