On A Budget: Vegetable Paella (v)

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins

Paella is that dish I never thought I’d make, not because I don’t love it, but because no one makes it like the Spanish but sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do when the craving is real. This dish is simply full of flavour and hearty with lots of different ingredients, which you can of course add chorizo to or leave it completely vegetarian.

Easy to make in one pot, perfect for lunch meal prep and just right for dinner.


1 tbsp oil

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

300g paella rice or short grain rice (£1.40)

2tsp smoked paprika

900ml (1½pt) vegetable stock

400g tin chopped tomatoes (35p)

150g runner beans, sliced on an angle (75p)

1 red pepper, roughly chopped (55p)

1 x 210g tin chickpeas, drained (40p)

handful parsley, roughly chopped (70p)

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 lemon, juiced

a pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper


1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes, until softened.

2. Stir in the rice, chilli flakes and paprika, cook for a further minute, then add the stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the runner beans, pepper and chickpeas and cook for another 10 minutes. Squeeze over the lemon juice and scatter with the parsley.

4. Serve with some extra lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over, if you like.

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  1. Cora Tea Party Princess
    November 14, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    This sounds absolutely incredible, and the pictures have made me so hungry. I can't believe it takes so little time to cook!Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

    • foodandbaker1
      February 10, 2019 / 4:56 pm

      Such a great dish to make when you want to throw everything in one pot!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. CharleneMcElhinney
    November 24, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    This sounds simple yet looks absolutely delicious and v fancy! Your photos look divine! Charlene McElhinney / https://charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • foodandbaker1
      February 10, 2019 / 4:57 pm

      Absolutely delicious – even if I do say so myself!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    November 27, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    This looks so yummy! Sounds like a perfect winter warmer when coming home from a long day, 💜✨With love, Alisha Valerie x

    • foodandbaker1
      February 10, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Defo perfect for the winter, but could also be a nice quick summer dish!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. February 8, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    YUM! This sounds really yummy and looks amazing. I’m gonna try to make it this weekend.

    • foodandbaker1
      February 10, 2019 / 5:40 pm

      Did you make it? Did you enjoy!!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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