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Spanish-Style Paella Recipe
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Spanish-Style Paella Recipe

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If you enjoy cooking ethnic foods, this hearty rice dish will be a favorite. It's brimming with generous chunks of sausage, shrimp and veggies.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 strands saffron, crushed or 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup sweet red pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup green pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 234 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 548 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook sausage and chicken in oil for 5 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned and chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain if necessary.
  2. Stir in rice and onion. Cook until onion is tender and rice is lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add the broth, tomatoes, paprika, cayenne, salt and saffron. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, peppers and peas. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender, shrimp turn pink and liquid is absorbed. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Spanish-Style Paella in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Spring 2007, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 234 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 548 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 28, 2015

"This was absolutely delicious! I did make the following changes, though--decreased the cayenne pepper to 1/8 t, used an orange pepper and diced it, adding it with the onion, omitted the peas, and added additional salt to taste. My only complaint was that the rice didn't get as tender as I wanted it to, no matter how much longer I cooked it. Next time, I might try cooking the rice separately and then add it to the mixture. I might also try using diced tomatoes, also."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I had never made paella before and this was a great recipe to use as a guide. In place of the sausage and chicken I used chopped turkey bacon and a medley of seafood including shrimp, calamari (both rings and tentacles) and mussels. I didn't have cayenne but did use turmeric along with the saffron. My boyfriend tends to get heart burn from peppers so I omitted those all together. I shared some with my parents and they enjoyed it as much as we did!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"Any idea what the Nutritional Values are?"

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