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Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday. Well okay, the weather isn't even spring-like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!

I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of our holiday abroad this year since we didn't have one last year.


I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella.

The lovely people at KitchenCraft sent me this paella pan from their World of Flavours Range which does the job brilliantly. Of course, you don't have to have a paella pan or a large frying pan will do the trick but a frying pan just doesn't look the same and your paella will cook better in a paella pan.

This nice non-stick paella pan has a hammered base with twin riveted side handles for comfortable, easy use. It's suitable for all hobs excluding induction, and this pan will not warp. It's dishwasher safe but I found it washed up nicely in hot sudsy water.

The paella pan I used was 30cm but also available in 40cm and 46cm. I'm kind of thinking I should have had the 40cm since we are both greedy people when it comes to food and my paella was almost going over the edge whilst stirring - oops!

With that said the 30cm really should be the right size for 2 people. To find out more and for stockists pop over to KitchenCraft.

Yield: 4

Holiday Paella Recipe

Can't beat a nice paella to remind you of summer holidays in Spain!


good quality olive oil
half of a Spanish Chorizo ring - cut into thin slices
a small handful - pancetta - cubed
2 nice-looking fat cloves of garlic - very finely chopped
1 large onion - finely diced
1 red bell pepper - diced
1 green bell pepper - diced
275g paella rice (Calasparra) Spanish short-grain
1 x 400g tin of good quality chopped tomatoes including their juice
a pinch or two of dried red chilli flakes
2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
125ml of dry white wine
*make up 800ml chicken stock - using 2 Knorr stock cubes although you should only want about 600ml
a good pinch of saffron strands
2 skinless chicken fillets sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces
a good handful of cooked and cooled peas
a handful of raw king prawns - defrosted if frozen
2 baby squid - cleaned and sliced into rings
a few sprigs of flat leaf parsley - leaves only and chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


*Please note the chicken stock must be hot when you add it to the rice - if it's not hot your rice will be sticky and horrid!

Heat a very small amount of olive oil in a large frying pan.  Add the chorizo and pancetta and fry until almost crisp, then remove and set aside.

Using the same pan and without washing it - add a little amount of olive oil and gently fry the chicken pieces till they are almost cooked and then remove and set aside.

In the same pan, again without washing it, add a little more olive oil and heat before adding the garlic, onion and pepper and cook until softened but not coloured.

Now add the chilli flakes and paella rice, and stir until all the grains of rice are nicely coated and glossy.

Crumble in the saffron strands and add the paprika and dry white wine and when it is bubbling nicely, pour in the tomatoes (including their juice) and a little of the hot chicken stock.

Give it all a good stir and keep stirring and adding a little more of the stock as you need to until the rice is almost cooked.

Altogether I used about 600ml of stock and mine was fine but that's just a guide.

Now add the almost cooked chicken, chorizo and pancetta back into the pan along with the prawns.  Continue to cook gently for another 5 minutes and add in the cooked peas along with the squid rings stirring now and then. By now the rice should be tender and most of the liquid soaked up and everything should be cooked. 

Sprinkle over the chopped parsley give it a stir and serve immediately.
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Disclaimer:Thank you to Sarah and KitchenCraft for sending me the Paella pan. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


  1. Looks delicious! Thank you for linking to me

  2. I adore paella - love the crispy bits you get on the bottom! I've never used a proper paella pan though, not sure I've got room for one!

  3. This is great, yummy looking recipe and very pretty paella pan, I really need to get one of those soon... before summer will start.

  4. I don't think I've ever made a Paella so really should fix this, your's looks fabulous as does the KitchenCraft skillet:-)

  5. Beautiful colours - looks delicious.

  6. I love Paella, but it's not something I've ever tried, which is crazy, as I'm always making Risottos. I must give this a try. It sounds lovely and some great tips in there too x


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