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A dish of Vegan Paella with spicy paprika vegan sausages and mushrooms

Vegan Paella

A vegan adaptation of Spanish Paella
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 people


  • 1 paella pan, large sauté pan or shallow casserole dish that is ovenproof


  • 2-3 tablespoons of Rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 2 medium red peppers equally good from a jar if you don’t have fresh, diced or sliced
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms sliced
  • 1 pack of This isn't chicken other substitutes are equally good, including Quorn vegan pieces or cubed smoked tofu but my favourite is Vegan Chorizo Sausages
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 3 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika you can also use the hotter version if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes I like the smoked chipotle flakes, but any will do
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 375 grams paella rice
  • 1 – 1.25 litres of vegan vegetable stock


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan oven)
  • Heat the oil in the pan over a medium high heat on the hob
  • Sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes, then add the red peppers
  • Continue cooking until the peppers start to soften and colour, then add the mushrooms
  • Sauté for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms start to colour then add the ‘chicken’ and crushed garlic
  • Cook for a minute or two then add the paprika, chilli flakes and ¼ teaspoon of salt (or to taste), stirring frequently
  • Cook for a minute then stir in the stock and spinach
  • Bring to the boil, pressing the spinach down, then evenly sprinkle in the paella rice, gently submerging it into the stock but without stirring
  • Carefully transfer the dish to the oven, preferably without spilling it!
  • Leave to cook undisturbed for about 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and cover with a tea towel for 5 minutes, then squeeze the juice of half a lemon over it (removing the tea towel first, obviously!) and serve


This recipe can be easily adapted to include other ingredients like sliced olives or peas and is great with garlic bread and salad, or simply on its own with a glass of good Rioja!
Keyword Paella, Spanish Rice, Vegan, vegan paella