Delicious Vegetarian Paella Recipe for a Flavorful Meal!

Dearest readers,

Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to one of my favorite dishes, the vegetarian paella. It is a dish that comes from Spanish cuisine and has gained popularity worldwide. A traditional paella typically contains seafood or meat, but here in this recipe, we will prepare it with vegetables and grains only.

The dish’s name comes from the paella pan, a wide and relatively shallow steel pan used in preparing it. The dish is traditionally cooked outside on an open flame, but we can cook it indoors as well.

This recipe is not just your ordinary vegetarian paella recipe; it comes from Isaiah, a vegan chef who worked miracles with this traditional Spanish dish. In his version, you will find all the flavors, colors, and aromas of a classic paella without any seafood or meat.

This vegetarian paella recipe is perfect for those who want to cut down on their meat consumption but still crave something satisfying and tasty. It’s also ideal for those following a kosher diet as we will only use kosher ingredients.

I guarantee you that once you try this recipe, you will keep making it over and over again. So grab your apron and let’s start cooking this delicious vegetarian paella!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Isaiah's Vegetarian Paella [ Kosher ]
Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella [ Kosher ]

Dear reader,

Are you looking for a savory and colorful recipe that will please both your tastebuds and your soul? Look no further! I present to you Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella, a dish that will take your meals to a whole new level.

What sets this recipe apart from other paella recipes is that it is completely plant-based and kosher, perfect for those who have specific dietary restrictions or just want to enjoy a flavorful vegetarian meal. But don’t be fooled by its lack of meat, this paella is packed with protein and flavor from the chickpeas, mushrooms, green beans, and pitted black olives.

Not only is this dish healthy and delicious, but it’s also easy to make. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a mouth-watering vegetarian paella ready to serve in no time.

One of the most appealing aspects of this dish is its versatility. You can easily make substitutions or variations to cater to your specific tastes or dietary needs. Adding vegan chorizo sausage or grilled vegetables are just a few examples of how you can modify the recipe to make it your own.

If you’re looking for something to impress your guests at your next dinner party or simply want to switch up your weekly menu, then this vegetarian paella is the way to go. Trust me – this dish will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled in every single bite.

So what are you waiting for? Give Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella a try today and taste for yourself why it’s one of the best vegetarian paellas out there.

Ingredient List

 Our vegetarian paella brings the fiesta to your plate!
Our vegetarian paella brings the fiesta to your plate!

Get your ingredients ready for a delicious vegetarian kosher paella!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella:

  • 2 cups of arborio rice.
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth.
  • 1 pinch of saffron.
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided.
  • 1 yellow onion, diced.
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 1/4 cup of dried cilantro.
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips.
  • 1 yellow or orange pepper cut into strips.
  • 1 eggplant cut into small cubes.
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika.
  • A pinch of cayenne powder.
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14 oz).
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
  • A handful of pitted black olives.
  • Fresh parsley and green beans for garnish and added flavor.

Make sure to get fresh parsley, pitted black olives, chickpeas, fresh green beans, mushroom , dried thyme, sea salt, cayenne powder, diced tomatoes ,vegetable broth ,arborio rice, paprika, dried cilantro, red and yellow bell peppers, garlic cloves, yellow onion, extra virgin olive oil, and, of course, the star ingredient – a pinch of saffron – for an authentic touch that will enhance the flavor profile of this kosher recipe.

Don’t hesitate to use fresh ingredients as they will give your plate a burst of flavors that will brighten up any table!

The Recipe How-To

 From the rich aroma to the colorful presentation, this dish will awaken your senses.
From the rich aroma to the colorful presentation, this dish will awaken your senses.

Now that we’ve got all the ingredients gathered, let’s start cooking Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella [Kosher] recipe! Follow these simple steps to achieve a mouthwatering vegetarian delight.

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

Before heating up the stove, let’s do some preparation first. Chop one yellow onion, three garlic cloves, and one red bell pepper. Remove the stem of the eggplant, cut into small cubes, then sprinkle with salt and set aside for 20 minutes. Slice green beans in half and chop six large mushrooms into small pieces.

Step 2: Sautéing the Vegetables

In a skillet or a paella pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté them for about two minutes until they become translucent. Add garlic, cilantro, peppers, and eggplant then cook them for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a tablespoon of paprika all over the veggies and toss them until everything is coated evenly.

Step 3: Adding Rice and Vegetable Broth

Pour in two cups of vegetable broth and two cups of diced tomatoes to the skillet. Stir well to combine with the vegetables. Now add one cup of uncooked arborio rice and stir again to distribute evenly across the skillet. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low heat once it starts boiling heavily.

Step 4: Simmering your Paella

Let it simmer for around 20 minutes without stirring too much just occasionally stirring so as not to stick on the bottom of the pan. After simmering for 20 minutes, add the sliced green beans, mushrooms, one cup of chickpeas, half a teaspoon of dried thyme leaves, a pinch of saffron threads, half a teaspoon of sea salt or to taste, half a teaspoon of cayenne powder or more if preferred for that extra kick! Make sure you mix everything gently then simmer until all ingredients are cooked through.

Step 5: Adding Final Touches

Add in halved pitted black olives (preferably Kalamata), fresh parsley for garnish before servings.

Serve hot on top of this delicious fluffy rice dish. You can also opt to add some vegan chorizo sausage or grilled vegetables if desired!

Now you finally have your own take at Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella [Kosher] recipe! Enjoy with friends or family and savor every forkful!

Substitutions and Variations

 A true masterpiece of Mediterranean cuisine, good for your taste buds and the planet!
A true masterpiece of Mediterranean cuisine, good for your taste buds and the planet!

My dear reader, are you seeking to add your own twist to this vegetarian paella recipe? There is no shortage of creative options when it comes to substitutions and variations on this delectable dish. Here are some ideas to get those culinary juices flowing:

1. Swap out the arborio rice for a nutty and nutritious brown rice. This will give the dish a firmer texture and slightly earthy flavor.

2. For my vegan friends, consider adding some vegan chorizo sausage instead of traditional meat-based chorizo. The bold flavors of this plant-based option will give your paella an extra kick.

3. Feeling adventurous? Try a grilled vegetable paella rice or seafood paella rice, borrowing from Spanish cuisine. If you go this route, I recommend using saffron for seasoning to honor the classic paella valenciana dish.

4. Mix up the vegetables to feature some that are seasonal or locally sourced. Perhaps swap out green beans for asparagus or Brussels sprouts, or add some zucchini or carrots into the mix.

5. Need an extra pop of color? Consider incorporating yellow or orange bell peppers in addition to the red variety.

Remember, cooking is about creativity and experimentation – don’t be afraid to get creative with your substitutions and variations! Happy cooking, my dearest reader.

Serving and Pairing

 The star of the show: saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, adding a touch of luxury.
The star of the show: saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, adding a touch of luxury.

Now that your vegetarian paella is ready, it is time to transport your taste buds to the mesmerizing culinary landscape of Spain. This delicious dish is best served hot and fresh, straight from the pan, to enjoy those crunchy veggies and tasty rice.

Pair your enticing paella with some refreshing white wine or chilled sangria for a perfect combo. The light acidity of white wine will complement the flavors of fresh parsley, hearty chickpeas and earthy mushroom present in this dish.

You may also experiment with other beverages like beer, Margaritas or even sparkling water to enjoy the lively flavors of paella.

As a side accompaniment of the main course, garlic bread or tossed green salad will do wonders to this recipe. You can also try adding some grilled vegetables on the side or some vegan chorizo sausage for an extra burst of flavors.

This kosher vegetarian paella is a versatile dish that elevates any menu on any occasion. Whether you serve it as main course for dinner parties or as midweek comfort food at home, your guests will be thoroughly satisfied with its flavors and textures.

So go ahead and create magic with this amazing vegan paella recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pack a punch of protein and flavor with chickpeas and bell peppers.
Pack a punch of protein and flavor with chickpeas and bell peppers.

Once you’ve savored every bite of this delectable isaiah vegetarian paella, you might wonder if it is possible to have leftovers with such a delectable dish. The answer is yes! Whether you’re conserving for later or reheating leftovers, this hearty melody can be enjoyed for many more meals to come.

If you wish to make this dish ahead of time, it’s best to prepare before cooking by measuring out ingredients and prepping vegetable toppings in advance. This will save time as well as help prevent mistakes that could happen if you are trying to rush the process. Once finished with the assembly, cover your paella pan, and store it overnight in the refrigerator.

If you find yourself with more leftovers than initially expected, don’t worry – this recipe stores well in the fridge for up to four days when tightly covered. Then again, I find that this luscious paella is almost impossible to stop eating, but if there are any bits left over (or if you’re being sensible and portioning it out), it’s best to keep the veggies and rice separate in storage. Reheating will bring back the essence of your freshly made vegan paella flavors. Additionally, adding some liquid such as water or veggie broth will help keep things moist while heating up and providing a contrast with your other leftover foods.

You can reheat your refrigerated paella by microwaving it in a microwave-safe container for two minutes until piping hot or using a saucepan to heat over low flame for around ten minutes. For best results, add small streams of stock instead of microwaving before serving. Lastly, because reheated rice can lose texture and flavor easily compared with freshly cooked rice, consider mixing in some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro or even adding extra spice powder like paprika or cayenne pepper to bring back its optimal taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Every grain in this recipe is perfectly cooked and full of spices!
Every grain in this recipe is perfectly cooked and full of spices!

To ensure that your vegetarian paella turns out perfectly every time, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Firstly, adjust the seasoning as per your taste – add more cayenne powder if you like it spicy or reduce it if you can’t handle too much heat. Similarly, if you prefer a dish with a smokier flavor, consider using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.

Secondly, make sure you use high-quality saffron. Saffron adds a distinct flavor and aroma to the dish and using poor quality saffron can ruin the entire dish.

Thirdly, keep an eye on the liquid level in the pan while cooking. If the rice is too dry, add more broth or water to the mix to ensure that the rice cooks properly. On the other hand, if there is too much liquid in the pan while cooking, remove the lid and let it cook uncovered for a few minutes longer until most of the moisture evaporates.

Fourthly, don’t be tempted to stir the rice frequently while it’s cooking. It’s important to resist stirring as it will make the rice sticky and mushy. Instead, cook it undisturbed to get a perfect texture.

Lastly, let your paella rest for at least 10 minutes before serving or dividing into portions. This time allows all of the flavors to blend together beautifully and ensures that each bite is filled with deliciousness.

By keeping these tips in mind and paying attention to detail as you cook, you can create an outstanding vegetarian paella that is sure to impress even those who don’t normally opt for plant-based dishes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, cooking and sharing Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella is a great way of adding plant-based goodness and flavor to your diet. This dish is not only delicious, but also perfect for entertaining guests, impressing loved ones or just adding something new to the dinner table. Plus, it’s kosher, so you can feel good serving it to all your friends and family.

The recipe is easy to follow, and you can make substitutions or variations depending on your taste preferences or dietary requirements. You can experiment with using different vegetables, add grilled vegetable or even vegan chorizo sausage. However, I would recommend sticking to this vegetarian paella recipe as it creates the perfect balance of flavors.

I hope this article has been informative and helpful in inspiring you to try your hand at cooking this Spanish-inspired dish. Don’t forget to share your creations and enjoy the deliciousness with friends and family. Remember that the best food is food that is made with love and shared with those who appreciate and enjoy it.

Isaiah's Vegetarian Paella [ Kosher ]

Isaiah’s Vegetarian Paella [ Kosher ] Recipe

This kosher, vegan paella recipe owes its inspiration to Studentchef's "Recipe #175908" (Thank you, Studentchef!) This is a variation of that recipe that contains more traditional paella flavors and is made in such a way that creates a "socarrat", the crusty layer of browned, caramelized rice at the bottom of the pan which adds a certain je ne sais quois to paella. The wider your pan is, the thinner the layer of rice will be and the more flavorful, chewy socarrat you will be able to create. You can also try replacing some of the broth with a splash of white wine, and using marinated artichoke hearts in addition to the other vegetables.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Calories 260.1 kcal


  • 1 pinch saffron (approximately 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sweet spanish paprika
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mushroom, sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into thirds
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (optional)


  • Cover saffron with 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and set aside. Sprinkle eggplant chunks with salt and allow to sit in a colander for 30 minutes. Rinse and drain the eggplant.
  • Heat the olive oil in a wide, heavy pan. Saute the onion, garlic, cilantro, peppers and eggplant for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika and toss. Then add rice, vegetable stock, tomatoes, saffron (along with the water it's been soaking in), salt, cayenne, thyme and generous amounts of freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, uncovered. Stir frequently.
  • Add the mushrooms, green beans and chickpeas. Cook uncovered, stirring often, for another 15 minutes or until the rice has become tender but is still al dente, and the sauce has thickened. Additional broth, water or white wine may be added as needed during cooking to keep the rice moist.
  • Turn the heat up to high for 5 minutes or until a browned, caramelized crust forms on the bottom side of the rice. Test for this crust by inserting a fork into the paella and checking for resistance at the bottom. Watch carefully to make sure the rice does not burn. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes before garnishing with fresh parsley and olive slices. Serve hot.

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Serving: 285gCalories: 260.1kcalCarbohydrates: 45.5gProtein: 6.7gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gSodium: 461.2mgFiber: 7.8gSugar: 5.2g
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