Between all the lockdowns & quarantines, times are tough right now. But making great food at home doesn´t have to be. In this post, I will show you how to make a delicious and simple SPANISH PAELLA with Shrimp & Bell Peppers.
This simple paella is loaded with an insane amount of Spanish flavor, it´s made with minimal ingredients and it comes together in just 45 minutes. Serve this Paella next to a bottle of Spanish wine and it will instantly transport you to Spain 🙂 .
To make this paella, I used a 12-inch paella pan, which is the perfect size for this recipe. Which feeds 2 to 3 people. If you don´t have a paella pan, you can just use a standard nonstick frypan. I also used some high-quality saffron. Don´t use the budget or imitation stuff here. Saffron is one of the most important ingredients in a paella.
TIPS & TRICKS to make this Recipe: Make sure to use round rice to make this paella. You can substitute it for medium grain rice or even arborio rice. Once you add the rice into the pan and evenly spread it around, don´t mix it again. Otherwise, it will distrup the way the rice cooks. But you can always give the pan a quick shake once in a while.
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Simple SPANISH PAELLA with Shrimp & Bell Peppers
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/2 onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika
- 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp saffron threads
- 1 cup round rice
- 12 raw jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined
- sea salt
- black pepper
Finely mince 4 cloves of garlic, finely dice 1/2 of an onion, roughly dice 1/2 red & 1/2 green bell pepper, pat down 12 raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) with some paper towels and season with sea salt & black pepper
Heat a paella pan with a medium-high heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, after 1 minute add in the diced bell peppers and mix around with the olive oil, after 2 minutes add in the diced onions and continue to mix, 2 minutes later add in the minced garlic and continue to mix, 30 seconds later add in 1 teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika and mix it all together until well combined, then add in 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce and season everything with sea salt & black pepper, once again mix all together until well combined
One minute after adding the tomato sauce, add in 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, pinch in 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads and give it a quick mix, once it comes to a boil, let it boil for an extra minute so the saffron can infuse into the broth, then add in 1 cup of round rice, give it a quick mix so everything is evenly distributed, after this step do not mix the rice again, otherwise it will distrup the way the rice cooks, 6 minutes after adding the rice add in the shrimp into the pan, 2 minutes later lower the fire to a low-medium heat and simmer
After simmering for 5 minutes and there is virtually no broth left, hit it back to a medium-high heat and go for 60 to 90 seconds, this will create the socarrat (caramelized burnt rice underneath), then remove the pan from the heat and cover with a dishcloth, after 5 minutes uncover the paella and serve at once, enjoy!
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