This recipe came about because paella seems to be the one dish that everyone In my family enjoys. So I made this because it reminds me of home, not that I’m Spanish, but as a family sitting around the dining table eating a good meal and sharing memories with each other. Don’t be alarmed by the number of ingredients, the majority you probably already have, but a good paella has a lot of bold flavours, hence the number of ingredients.

Serves: 4


400g uncooked prawns
50g chopped chorizo (1/2 a pound coin pieces)
250g arborio rice
100g frozen peas
700ml boiling water
1 chicken stock cube
1 large white onion (Finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (Chopped/crushed)
1 red pepper (diced/chopped)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp turmeric
Chopped parsley (for decoration)


In a large non stick pan on a medium heat fry the onion and chorizo until the onion softens and goes opec. Add the garlic, pepper, turmeric and paprika and fry for a further couple of minutes. Next add the rice and continue to cook, stirring all the the ingredients together allowing the rice to absorb all the flavours. Add the water, stock cube and tomato puree and leave to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, add more water if required. Then add the peas and prawns and cook for a further 5 minutes. Finish the dish by adding a squeeze of half a lemon and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

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