Mussel and pea paella

A really simple version of paella, but with all the wonderful flavours and textures you'd expect to find. This is designed to be a low cost recipe.

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  1. Heat a large thin-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the oil and, once hot, add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent, then add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for a further two minutes.

  2. Stir through the tinned tomatoes, breaking up any large bits with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the rice and a pinch of salt and pepper and stir well to mix. Pour over the stock and leave the pan for seven minutes without stirring. Turn the heat down to medium-low if the liquid looks like it is evaporating too quickly.

  3. Scatter over the mussels and the peas - do not mix through (you are trying to create a crisp bottom to the rice). Cover with a lid and cook for a further five minutes, or until the liquid is all absorbed, the rice is tender but still with a very slight bite, and the mussels and peas are hot all the way through.

  4. Serve the paella hot, making sure everyone has a bit of the crunchy rice stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Recipe Tips

In May 2013 this recipe was costed at £2.75 at Asda, £3.76 at Tesco and £3.98 at Sainsbury’s. This recipe is designed to be made in conjunction with a
low-cost store-cupboard.