Vegetarian Paella

veggie paella recipe

I’ll start this by saying that this was possibly one of the best things I have ever made//eaten. Seriously. It’s that good. I’ve never had paella before, namely because it’s traditionally a fish//meat dish, and I don’t eat those. So I was a little unsure when I started making this, but it turned out so good [so good I may have had seconds] and it has definitely gotten itself a regular spot on my meal plan.

You’ll Need:

200g basmati rice
600ml veg stock
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
150g mushroom [I used chestnut mushrooms]
2 cloves garlic
200g cherry tomatoes
1 lemon
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp rosemary
small bunch of flat leaf parsley

Prep first – slice peppers, chop mushrooms, finely dice garlic and parsley leaves, chop tomatoes in half.

Fry off the mushrooms in a little olive oil over a high heat for about five minutes, then put to one side. Add a little more oil to your pan, then add the peppers and cherry tomatoes, after 3 mins add in the garlic, rosemary leaves, paprika, turmeric and 1/4 tsp salt.

Cook for three minutes, then add in the rice, 1/2 tsp salt and half of the parsley. Once the rice has absorbed the oil add in your veg stock and the mushrooms. Stir well, reduce the heat and leave to cook for around twenty minutes. Once all the liquid has been absorbed, remove the pan from the heat and cover for five minutes.

Serve with a wedge of lemon and sprinkled with parsley [we also had crusty bread with ours]

vegetarian paella


  1. laura redburn

    January 20, 2014 at 12:03

    i’ve never actually had paella before, but this looks tasty! (minus the mushrooms, can’t stand them haha)

    1. polly

      January 20, 2014 at 12:49

      My husband can’t stand mushrooms either – says they make his teeth go funny!!

  2. Fritha

    January 20, 2014 at 14:32

    ooh it’s vegan too! Have to try this! It looks so yummy!

    (also laughing a lot at your spam comment above!) ‘I most certainly will unquestionably digg them as well as in the perspective’
    hehehe xx

    1. polly

      January 20, 2014 at 15:42

      I thought of you when I was making it :D It was so good!!

      And that spam! Akismet catches most of my spam, but the odd one gets through… kinda funny ;)

  3. Lia Billimore

    January 20, 2014 at 14:34

    Ooooo, i haven’t had a paella for ages and this one looks so good! LOL at the spam too – i have pages and pages of similarly worded nonsense!!

  4. Fiona

    January 20, 2014 at 14:38

    This looks delicious. Will be adding it to my ever growing list of recipes to try.

    1. polly

      January 20, 2014 at 15:43

      :) i have such a huge list of things I want to try! Must get going on it

  5. Lori

    January 20, 2014 at 20:24

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Plus does it make it even tastier that my nan used to have those plates, and I used to eat off them all the time :) x

    1. polly

      January 20, 2014 at 20:31

      :) I have a few of these plates, and a matching tea pot that I found in charity shops at different times… they’re my favourites xx

  6. Circus Queen

    January 20, 2014 at 21:43

    Yum! A paella without shrimp (I’m allergic). Exactly what I need. I have all of this in my kitchen right now, actually.

  7. Laura

    January 20, 2014 at 21:52

    Wow was just writing my shopping list for the week and think I am going to make this wonderful sounding vegan friendly paella – looks so tasty can almost smell it through the screen :)

    Thanks for sharing
    Laura x

  8. Rita Domingues

    January 21, 2014 at 15:11

    Hi Polly! Thank you for the comment on my blog! The cake is delicious indeed!! I also want to try this vegetarian paella and some other recipes you’ve shared!

  9. Kimberly

    January 23, 2014 at 18:07

    It looks delicious! I will definitely be making this..thanks for sharing!

  10. Ally

    April 8, 2014 at 21:25

    Yum! I have to try making this. Although I do like the saffron taste in the meat paella rice. My family loves making paella but I can never eat it. Now I can! Thank you for sharing this. P.s I haven’t commented on here in awhile! Hello!

    1. Polly

      April 8, 2014 at 22:23

      Let me know if you try it out!

  11. owyn johnny

    May 7, 2014 at 12:06

    Hi, that is a great dish, I have noticed you used olive oil, do you think it would work with truffle oil, I have bought some from here I am not on the look out for recipes to use the oil with..

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