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A coworker of my husband from Spain made this one year at the company Christmas party. I never got to get the exact recipe, but I worked on it, and this is pretty close to what she made. It's really good, and even though paella usually has meat and seafood. This is so good, you don't even need it, but you could add, seafood, chorizo, ham or any kind of meat you like.
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons saffron threads
- 1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1⁄2 lb zucchini, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups uncooked arborio rice
- lemon wedge
- Bring chicken broth and saffron to boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat & simmer 20 minutes.
- Toss together bell pepper strips, zucchini, and 1 tablespoon oil; place in an even layer.
- in a 15x10-inch jellyroll pan. Sprinkle with oregano & thyme.
- Bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
- Sauté garlic and jalapeño in remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 20-25 minutes, or until onion is caramelized. Add tomatoes, and cook, stirring often, 3-5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Add uncooked rice and chicken broth mixture skillet, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring once after 15 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and zucchini, and cook 5 minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges.
I have been looking for a vegetarian paella for a long time. This is wonderful. The flavors meld beautifully and the colors are spectacular. I am glad you put the work in for this recipe. Thanks.
This was excellent! By roasting the vegetables, simmering the broth and sauteing the onion mixture simultaneously, I had the entire dish ready in a hour, since they all have about the same cooking time. The rice itself was cooked in 25 minutes. This is definitely something I will make again.