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Vegetable Paella

Yield Makes 8 servings
Chef Roly likes to use Andalusian olive oil whenever he cooks Spain-inspired dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup diced Spanish onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound uncooked Valencia rice or Arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon saffron, crushed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (9-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet peas
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 lemons, cut into wedges

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Sauté mushrooms in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until soft and light brown; set aside.

  2. Heat remaining oil in a paella pan or 12-inch ovenproof skillet, and sauté garlic, onion, and peppers 8 minutes or until soft. Add rice, saffron, and salt, and stir until rice is coated with oil. Add broth, and bring mixture to a boil.

  3. Cover pan with aluminum foil, and bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Stir in reserved mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and next 3 ingredients; cover and bake 8 minutes more. Remove foil, and bake 8 to 12 minutes more or until heated through. Remove from oven, and top with olives, green onions, roasted pepper, and lemon wedges.