Paella that Won’t Break the Bank

Paella can be a very expensive dish. It has expensive saffron, several different kinds of meat, and seafood selections. You can go all out and make very expensive paella with lobster, expensive fish, imported chorizo and loads of quality saffron. A restaurant in Manhattan, Sofritos, even had a 00 Paella. At our house, we love a good paella. I would love to make it more often, but to buy all the ingredients, it is pretty expensive. When we visited Paris a few years back, we ate at a wonderful Spanish restaurant. There, they had several types of paella, seafood, chicken, rabbit, and fish versions. Since having the paella there, I like to cook my paella in the same way. I don’t like to have too many varieties of meats in the dish. In this recipe, I have just used a seafood melody and a little chorizo as the meat in the dish. I recently found a 1 pound seafood melody, consisting of shrimp, bay scallops and calamari rings, for just $5 at my local Aldi’s supermarket. I have also seen the seafood mix in larger packages at Walmart and Spanish supermarkets. I also used Aldi’s chorizo for this dish. Their chorizo’s casing has to be removed, so the sausage crumbles when cooked. I liked it this way very much because it ran through the rice more evenly than having large slices. I used Badia brand saffron, an inexpensive Hispanic brand. It was about $2.50. I use 1/4 of this package in this recipe. You could also leave out the saffron, because there is plenty of flavor from the chorizo. All in all, after the Aldi’s special’s this paella was just over $10. Previously, I had been spending closer to $30 for this dish.

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Yield: Serves 4

Paella that Won't Break the Bank

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1 1/4 cups white rice
a large pinch of saffron
1 lb bag seafood melody (shrimp, bay scallops and calamari)
8 oz chorizo, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 lemon, cut in wedges for garnish
2 cups chicken stock
2-3 teaspoons fresh cilantro
olive oil


Preheat large skillet. Add a a little olive oil. Add chorizo and cook until some fat renders. Add bell peppers, onions and garlic.

Sauté for just a minute or so.

Add rice, saffron and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.

Remove lid and add seafood melody and fresh cilantro on top of rice. Return lid for another 5 minutes. Paella is done when shrimp have turned pink. Be very careful not to overcook seafood, it will be rubbery. Garnish with additional fresh cilantro and lemon wedges.

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