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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 17, 2021

Paella-Style Pasta Recipe | Spanish-Inspired Pasta | One-Pan Recipe

This Paella-Style Pasta recipe is seriously good. It has all the flavors of a Spanish paella, expect we´re using penne pasta instead of rice. It´s above & beyond easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. The perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner or for a relaxed weekend lunch.

Paella-Style Pasta Recipe
To cook this recipe, I used a paella pan. But you can totally use a regular fry pan. Either way you go, make sure it´s large enough to hold all the ingredients. As this is a one-pan recipe.

Paella-Style Pasta Recipe
To make this recipe, I used the typical vegetables that are used in Spain to make a vegetable paella. However, you can mix things up and use whatever vegetables you like. You can even add in some grilled chicken or shrimp if you like.

Paella-Style Pasta Recipe

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The penne pasta I use takes about 12 minutes to cook al dente per the package instructions. But since we are cooking the pasta with the rest of the ingredients, it takes another 1 to 2 minutes to get them perfectly cooked al dente. So make sure to check the package instructions in your pasta so you don´t overcook the pasta.

Paella-Style Pasta Recipe

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Paella-Style Pasta Recipe | Spanish-Inspired Pasta | One-Pan Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 732 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1 cup tomato sauce 225 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 1/2 cup canned lima beans 85 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 200 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon


  1. Heat a 12-inch (30 cm) paella pan with a medium-high heat and add in 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes, add in 1/2 onion roughly chopped, 1/2 green & 1/2 red bell pepper roughly chopped and 5 cloves garlic roughly chopped, mix the vegetables continuously with the olive oil so they all evenly sautee

  3. After 5 to 6 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika and quickly mix together, then add in 1 cup tomato sauce and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer, after 3 minutes and the tomato sauce has thickened up, add in 3 cups vegetable broth, 1/2 cup precooked lima beans and 1/4 tsp saffron threads, mix together and bring to a boil

  4. Once the broth comes to a full boil, add in 2 cups uncooked penne pasta, after 7 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed, but there is still plenty of broth left, lower the fire to a low-medium heat, simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes or until almost all the broth has been absorbed, then remove from the heat and cover with a dishcloth, after a couple minutes uncover the pan and serve at once, sprinkled with finely chopped parsley and some lemon wedges, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Paella-Style Pasta Recipe | Spanish-Inspired Pasta | One-Pan Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Sodium 812mg35%
Potassium 968mg28%
Carbohydrates 111g37%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2066IU41%
Vitamin C 75mg91%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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