Fava Bean and Seafood Paella


It’s paella time! Well, any time is paella time I guess, but with all the spring time abundance at the markets these days I had the hardest time picking out my ingredients…ah, decisions…

Anyway, I finally settled for fava beans and sea food from the Adriatic. It doesn’t get fresher than that!


  • 2 cups fava beans, blanched and peel removed
  • seafood of choice ( shrimps, squids)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup rice ( I used parboiled )
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (  not a big fan of saffron )
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 3-4 cups of stock
  • salt, pepper

Preheat the oven broiler.

Chop onion and bell pepper and saute for 7-8 min. Add the rice, turmeric powder and tomato paste and saute for additional 1-2 min. Season with salt and pepper. Start adding the stock one cup at a time. Stir occasionally. Cook the paella on the stove until almost done. Add the fava beans and sea food and cook for a minute. Put the paella under the broiler. Make sure the paelly is not too dry, there should be some liquid on the bottom when you take it out. The rice will absorb it eventually.

Serve with lemon wedges.

Not as complicated as it looks, huh? Hopefully I’ve cured some paellophobes

paella 008-2


~ by kissmyartichoke on June 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Fava Bean and Seafood Paella”

  1. Oh yum… I know what I’ll be making for dinner one night next week!

    Those pink creatures are my fav…this dish has my name written all over 🙂

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