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Vegan Paella: Spanish-Inspired Rice

1 hr


This recipe is our take on one of Spain's most famous dishes, the Paella. Paella is often served with some type of meat or seafood, so to keep it plant-based we've added peas as the protein source.



1 hr


20 min


40 min

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  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 2
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 2
    tomatoes, diced
  • 1
    red bell pepper, thinly sliced, reserve 6 slices for garnish
  • 4 cups (960 mL)
    boiling water
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1 pinch
    saffron threads (optional, but recommended)
  • 1½ cups (255 g)
    canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup (134 g)
    frozen green peas

Optional garnish

  • fresh chives
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon slices
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  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan* or paella pan over medium-high heat, and when hot, add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook this for 2 - 3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  2. To the pan, add the paprika, thyme, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cook this while stirring for 30 - 60 seconds, to toast the spices.
  3. Add in the tomatoes and bell pepper, sautéing for 2 - 3 minutes.
  4. Add the Paella rice, toasting this for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. To a large jug, mix the boiling water and vegetable cubes so that the cubes dissolve in the hot water. You could also substitute the bouillon cubes and water for 1L of vegetable stock instead.
  6. Add the liquid to the pan, along with the saffron, and bring the paella to a rapid simmer for 2 minutes. Then turn the heat to a low simmer and let cook uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Avoid stirring the rice while it cooks.
  7. When the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, taste-test the rice. Try to test the rice on the outer-most part of the pan, as this is the rice that will cook last given it's furthest away from the heat source in the centre. If the rice is firm but tender, it's ready. If the centre is still a bit raw, add a small splash of boiling water or hot stock, and let it continue to cook until the rice is cooked through.
  8. When the rice is cooked, add half of the artichoke hearts and peas to the rice, and gently stir it in. Add the other half on top, together with the 5 pieces of reserved bell pepper.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let the Paella rest for 10 minutes. Do not skip this step, as it makes all the difference in the taste and texture of the rice.
  10. Remove the lid, top with chopped chives or parsley, serve alongside lemon wedges, and enjoy!


  • * Try to use a pan that has a large cooking surface on the bottom of the pan, so that the rice cooks evenly throughout. A wok-shaped pan, for example, may result in cooked rice in the centre of the pan, but uncooked rice around the perimeter of the pan.


Plate method

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Grains 20%

uncooked Spanish paella rice

Proteins 14%

frozen green peas

Fruits & Veggies 66%


clove garlic


red bell pepper

canned artichoke hearts

No significant sources of calcium

olive oil

Nutrition info

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Delia - April 22, 2021, 10:17 p.m.

Hi Sadia,

I just made this recipe and we loved it here.

I would like to know how much is the right amount of rice/paella for one serving? Sometimes I am not sure how much rice I should eat when that is the whole meal.

Thank you.

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:10 a.m.

Hey Delia! That's a great question. How much the "right amount" is really varies from person to person. For some of us, it may even change from day to day. For example, sometimes our appetite might be more if we've had a more active day or less for other reasons! For this paella, we've approximated a serving to be around 1/4 of the recipe. Feel free to enjoy more or less based on your hunger though 🌻

Adrienn - April 14, 2021, 10:06 a.m.

Absolutely delicious. I have cooked it more than 3 times in a row.
Super easy mid-week wonder.
I love your website it is a Bible for me on my vegan journey.

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 6:48 p.m.

We are so thrilled that you're enjoying the recipe, Adrienn! Thank YOU for letting PUL be part of your journey 🤩