Rainbow Paella


This shortcut take on vegetarian paella is a homerun for flavorful, weeknight dinners. A bevy of vegetables studs the paprika-scented rice: leeks, summer squash, peppers, and artichoke all join the party, making this not only delicious, but healthful, too. Serve with a light, effervescent wine like rosé, vinho verde, or txakolina. For non-vegetarians, serve with grilled shrimp or chicken.

Rainbow Paella Recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 serves


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 medium leeks (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced

  • 2 medium summer squash, sliced (about 3 cups)

  • 1 12-oz. jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and thinly sliced

  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ cups arborio rice

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 4 canned artichoke hearts, drained and halved lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add squash, bell peppers, and garlic; cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Stir in rice, paprika, and salt; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Stir in broth and bring mixture to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, without stirring, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes, adding up to ½ cup water if needed. (Move skillet around burner occasionally to reduce risk of hot spots and ensure even cooking.)

  3. Top with artichoke halves. Remove skillet from heat, cover, and let mixture steam for 10 minutes. Gently fluff with a fork and top with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
8g Fat
75g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Sodium 1156mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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