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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 30, 2023

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples | EASY & Affordable Recipe

In this post, I´m going to show you how to make a Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples. This dish is not only easy & affordable, but packed with a ton flavors and very healthy for you. Serve it as a main course or even as a side dish, next to some grilled fish.

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples
To make this dish I used Spanish round rice, which is the one that´s typically used to make paella. A common staple in every Spanish kitchen. However, you can use whatever rice you have on hand. Just make sure to check the package instructions, as the rice to liquid ratios might be different.

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples
What really flavors this dish is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika and the thyme. Feel free to add any other type of spices or herbs that you like. If you want to add a little heat into this rice dish, just add in a small pinch of chili powder or even hot smoked paprika.

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can serve this dish warm, at room temperature or even chilled. It will hold in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 to 4 days.

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples

Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 720 ml
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 190 grams
  • 10 oz canned or jarred white beans 295 grams
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas 55 grams
  • 4 eggs
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  2. In the meantime, finely chop the onion and roughly chop the garlic

  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic into the hot pan, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the paprika and thyme, quickly mix together, then add in the tomatoes finely grated and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  4. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes, add in the vegetable broth and turn it up to a high heat, when it comes to a boil add in the rice and the canned white beans (drained & rinsed), give it one final mix so everything is well mixed, then simmer without mixing

  5. After 9 to 10 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed but there´s still plenty of broth left, lower it to a low-medium heat, then add in the frozen peas and the eggs, I like to create little pockets in the rice for each egg, season the eggs with sea salt & black pepper, then place a lid on the pan and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the egg whites are set, then remove from the heat

  6. Serve directly out of the pan or transfer into serving dishes, sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Delicious RICE Using Pantry Staples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 640mg18%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 971IU19%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Jennifer

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe three times now, and I love it. It’s like a more filling version of shakshuka! I use what I have in the pantry, so usually zucchini instead of peas and kidney beans instead of white. It’s delicious. I also tried it Asian style with edamame, sushi rice, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms, and it came out like a fully loaded congee. Delicious and flexible, thank you!

    01 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      02 . Oct . 2023
  3. Carol

    5 stars
    Looks very tasty, what kind of white beans do I look for in UK?

    31 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      I just used standard white beans, any will work 🙂 Much love

      02 . Sep . 2023
  4. Elsbeth

    This is a very tasty recipe! I used brown Basmati rice, as that was what I had in my pantry. It took me more time (about 50 minutes) and I kept adding splashes of water so that the rice did not cook dry and so that I ended up with sufficient water above the rice for the last part with the peas and the eggs, as the recipe indicated. Loved the still slightly moist end result. Will make this again and again! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

    31 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes brown rice takes longer to cook and requies more liquid, either way, glad you enjoyed the dish!! Much love 🙂

      31 . Aug . 2023
  5. marcy

    5 stars
    great recipe , thanks.

    30 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      31 . Aug . 2023
  6. Adrienne

    5 stars
    Love it!

    30 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      30 . Aug . 2023
  7. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had delicious rice using pantry staples before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    30 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      30 . Aug . 2023

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