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Nourishing, vibrant, and without pretension, paella has held a place of honor and practicality in Spanish homes for centuries. To round out this meal, choose a good Spanish red wine from the Rioja region, a crusty baguette, and a light salad.

Karen MacNeil-Fife
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2000

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups paella, 1 shrimp, and 1 mussel)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • To prepare the herb blend, combine the first 4 ingredients, and set aside.

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  • To prepare paella, combine water, saffron, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact; set aside.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add sausage and prosciutto; sauté 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Add shrimp, and sauté 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, paprika, and 3 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in herb blend, broth mixture, chicken, sausage mixture, and peas. Bring to a low boil; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mussels to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Arrange shrimp, heads down, in rice mixture, and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup lemon juice. Remove from heat; cover with a towel, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

521 calories; calories from fat 23%; fat 13.3g; saturated fat 3.7g; mono fat 6.8g; poly fat 2g; protein 25.5g; carbohydrates 72.1g; fiber 3.6g; cholesterol 80mg; iron 6mg; sodium 871mg; calcium 60mg.
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