Monday, November 03, 2008

Vegetable and Brown Rice Paella

I'm not sure if this really counts as a paella since it doesn't have any meat or shellfish in it, but it's excellent regardless so I don't really care. We really liked this a lot. It's very flavorful and has yummy vegetables and is just a really good meal. We would definitely make this again.


Vegetable and Brown Rice Paella
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6 cups vegetable broth
1/8 teaspoon saffron
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 2-inch lengths
6 canned artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup frozen peas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer and stir in saffron, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Remove from heat; set aside.

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Add tomatoes and rice; stir to combine. Pour in reserved broth and bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove skillet from oven, uncover, and place asparagus and artichokes on top, pushing vegetables into the rice. Scatter peas over the top. Cover and return to oven for 10 minutes.

Uncover and cook for 5 minutes more, or until all the broth is absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 servings

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