Vegan Paella

By Carolin 

paella spain

Spanish is usually made with seafood and sausage. If you are vegan or just prefer a vegetarian meal you can substitute with seasonal vegetables like cauliflower and artichokes or fennel and artichoke hearts.




I like especially like this recipe from Vegalicious. The recipe is uncomplicated and easy to follow.

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 cup rice (white or brown)
  • 350 grams frozen mixed vegetables
  • 100 grams black olives
  • 1 can (240 grams) artichoke hearts
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1&1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbs. oil
  • 1 tsp. saffron
  • 1 tbs. basil pesto
  • salt and pepper to taste
Vegan paella


  1. Put the oil in the bottom of a large pot or pan.
  2. Add the cup of rice and cook until the rice becomes glassy.
  3. Add 1 cup of water, the vegetable bouillon cube, the saffron and the basil pesto.
  4. Bring the rice to a boil.
  5. Add the rest of the water and the frozen mixed vegetables.
  6. Add the black olives.
  7. Cut the artichoke hearts into halves or thirds, depending on how large they are.
  8. If more liquid is needed, you can add the liquid from the artichokes.
  9. Add the artichokes to the cooking vegetables.
  10. Cook without a lid, for 10 minutes until the level of liquid comes “just” above the rice and vegetable mixture.
  11. When the liquid gets down to the level of the rice/vegetable mixture. Turn off the heat and put a lid on the pot.
  12. Allow the rice and vegetables to continue cooking and absorbing the rest of the liquid, for about 10 minutes longer.
  13. After 10 minutes remove the lid and check on the meal, fluff the rice and vegetables up.
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2 Responses to “Vegan Paella”

  1. Melissa from Polish food store in Pittsburgh on September 22nd, 2009 9:04 pm

    This vegan paella sounds great ! but for me there is no better than sandwich called “Polish boy” a kielbasa(sausage) with cole slaw, pulled pork and french fries. My favorite polish food.

  2. Stacey from Vegan Store UK on November 1st, 2009 6:18 am

    Thanks for the great vegan recipe. It looks really tasty. More of the same please!

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