Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Feed 4 for £6: Cheat's one pot Paella

I didn't realise how much rice I had been eating until I thought about the last time I ate pasta or potatoes and I can’t remember when that was. I like rice as a plain side to something, a herb encrusted rice salad or as a risotto. This quick and easy rice dish is not a paella by any means but it’s a great dish to knock up after a hectic day with a nice bit of chorizo for a mid-week Spanish pick me up. Get out your flamenco.

You will need:
225g rice (preferably easy cook)
 £0.35
1 large onion, sliced
 £0.10
2 garlic cloves, sliced
 £0.05
175g cooking chorizo, diced
 £1.96
150g small mushrooms, quartered
 £0.75
200g frozen peas
 £0.20
900ml chicken or vegetable stock
 £0.10
Salt and pepper
 £0.02
1 tbsp olive oil
 £0.02
Total
 £3.55 

Add the oil to a large frying pan on a medium heat and add the onion. Fry until softened then add the chorizo and garlic and fry until the chorizo is nice a brown. Add the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes more.
Add the rice to the pan and give it all a good stir. Pour in the stock, bring everything to the boil and simmer, lid off, for around 15-20 minutes. Add the peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking. 
When it’s nearly ready add a good helping of black pepper and then taste it to see if it needs salt; the chorizo and stock may have added enough salt already.
I love how comforting this is but the colours and lots of vegetables keep it vibrant and a little healthy too. I also really like how there’s no stirring needed and very little washing up too. This also lends itself really well to being a vehicle to use up whatever bits you have in the cupboards and fridge. Sound too good to be true? Try it and see.

19 comments:

  1. We are big eaters of rice, almost every day and for almost all meals. Nice and simple rice dish, some sort like our local fried rice too.

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  2. mmmm a possibility for Thursday evening, I also have some tiny prawns in the freezer. I could add them to it.

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  3. Have you seen those little tiny "Snacking Chorizos" that you can buy in supermarkets these days? You get about a dozen of them in a small pack. They are great things to have in for those occasions when you need just a small quantity of something spicy.(Like your rice dish). They can be kept in the freezer too, so that you can use just one or two when required.

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  4. How easy! How Spanish! I will have to try it :D

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  5. We love rice! And this is close enough to paella for me. ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

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  6. I love one dish meal, especially when rice is involved...looks fabulous Caroline.
    Thanks for the recipe my dear and hope you are having a lovely week :D

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  7. I eat a lot of rice, too! Love ride dishes and this one looks awesome.

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  8. I eat so much rice too, much more than any other starch. I have all the ingredients to make this dish so I think I will try it out. Haven't had a Paella in ages!

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  9. True, a lot of people tend to think only certain things go well together, but we're often surprised with the new combination of food/baked goods. That's why cooking is fun and full of surprises. :) Your one pot paella looks yummy!

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  10. I love making an easy paella dish. I brought back some paella seasoning from Spain and that really livens it up too.

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  11. I don#t cook enough rice and this looks like a perfect dish, easy to cook and full of flavor :)

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  12. I like very much simple and quick rice dishes! This one looks just right. Yes..a little flamenco in the middle of the week is highly recommended...I agree :) ela

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  13. un plato colorido y sabroso me gusta la paella,abrazos.

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  14. hi caroline, rice is considered staple food here and i eat rice almost every day, if not then it will be noodles..this easy paella sounds simple and tasty!

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  15. i value any excuse to eat peas. :)

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  16. Love to use frozen peas in my stir-fried rice too. This is ever so tasty.

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  17. I love paella...and this lovely shortcut version will surely delight my family!!

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  18. Colorful and full of flavors, lovely recipe!

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  19. Caroline,
    I love one pot meals, meals with a bit of meat for flavor (not a giant slab overpowering the plate) and all types of rice. This dish hits all of my notes, and looks lovely while doing it.
    Thanks!

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