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Easy Paella

Recipe photo courtesy of Minh + Wass

You don't need a paella pan to make this meal. Use a wide, shallow saute pan with a lid. If you are taking this dish to a party, reheat it covered; add water as needed.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003
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Paella is usually flavored and colored with saffron, the world's most expensive spice. We used paprika and turmeric instead, which are less expensive but create an equally good dish.

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  • july6th
    26 FEB, 2008
    I AM FROM SPAIN AND THIS IS NOT AN SPANISH PAELLA. WE WOULD NEVER USE PAPRIKA OR TURNMEC. THE FLAVORS HAVE TO COME FROM THE FRESH INGREDIENTS WE USE. THE HOME MADE BROTH IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND SO IS THE FRESH FISH.
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    • ishaolinma4928149
      1 MAR, 2018
      In the U.S., saffron is very costly and not in everyone's budget. Spain produces saffron and it may not be so costly there. Why don't you share your paella recipe?
  • Courtney Freeland
    19 MAR, 2014
    Is there a way I can incorporate saffron in this recipe?
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    • ishaolinma4928149
      1 MAR, 2018
      It appears that turmeric was used in place of the more expensive saffron for color. Just omit the turmeric and add the saffron. I would keep the turmeric though because it seems to help digestion for me.
  • ishaolinma4928149
    1 MAR, 2018
    I suppose this would be okay as a side dish. If I were making Spanish rice for a traditional meal I would add Spanish chorizo, green olives, and probably Shrimp or mussels more like a paella. It is o.k. though.
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  • SiobhanEliz
    15 NOV, 2017
    Perfect for a beginner like me! But tasted professional :) I used boxed Spanish rice and skipped the chicken broth, just used water and the liquid from the tomatoes. Delicious!
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  • Evette P
    10 NOV, 2013
    Made it, came out really good just made some substitutions used green onions chopped and polish sausage instead of chicken, did not used turmeric but used saffron.
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  • stretchad
    18 NOV, 2012
    Not bad for a one pot dish. I don't like shrimp so I omitted from the recipe. I also used a Smoked Turkey Sausage instead. My rice did not look any where as yellow as the picture. It was mostly red from the tomatoes. I also added some cayenne for heat.
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  • PheliciaT
    23 JAN, 2012
    This Paella was so easy and very tasty. I made a few modifications - I used spanish hard chorizo which increased the flavor and spice of the dish, and I added diced yellow bell pepper. It was a big hit with my family, including my preschool aged girls. I would most definitely make it again.
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  • babyacorn
    4 MAR, 2011
    I didn't love the spice seasoning in this paella, it was a little bland.
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  • GwenninSpring
    19 AUG, 2010
    Not only was this super easy it is super good. I loved the paprika and tumeric combo. So flavorful! I made it in a 10 inch braiser and it was pretty too. Perfect for a casual dinner party.
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  • sewing123
    28 JUN, 2008
    I just made this for my daughter's graduation party. It was a Spanish theme to go with her Spanish major. Everyone loved it!
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