Artichoke and Asparagus Paella

This twist on a Spanish classic dish is not only delicious, but makes a beautiful centrepiece for any dinner party

This recipe is egg free This recipe is dairy free Suitable for vegans
Preparation notes

Serves: 4-6
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes


200g basmati easy cook rice

½ tsp turmeric powder

30g flaked almonds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

200g asparagus spears, cut into 3-4 cm pieces

280g jar of artichokes in oil

20g capers

50g gherkins, finely chopped

50g black olives, pitted

200g button mushrooms, halved

1 tbsp tomato purée

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

100g sun dried tomato paste

1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped

1 lemon, cut into wedges, to garnish


Put the rice in a large pan of water with the turmeric and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes then drain thoroughly.

Toast the almonds by gently cooking in a dry pan for 2-3 minutes – set the almonds to one side.

While the rice is cooking in a separate large frying pan heat the oil and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and asparagus and continue to cook for five more minutes.

Take the artichokes, drain the oil from them and slice in half.

Add the artichokes, capers, gherkins, olives, mushrooms and tomato purée and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Once the rice is cooked and drained add to the frying pan. Stir in the tomatoes, sundried tomato paste and half the tarragon.

Serve straight away garnished with the remaining tarragon, toasted flaked almonds and lemon wedges.


© The Vegetarian Society 2015

Artichoke and Asparagus Paella

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