Vegetarian Paella

Vegetarian Paella

The first time you make a dish with saffron, you’ll understand why that teeny jar has so little spice contained within.

Just a few crimson tendrils are enough to thoroughly spice an entire paella.

This dish works nicely as a side or pair with a light protein like this Sheet Pan Roasted Garlic Shrimp or our Potato Crusted Salmon Fillets.

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4.25 from 29 votes

Vegetarian Paella

This hearty Vegetarian Paella features an authentic spice blend, fresh eggplant, and Spanish olives.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 7 mins
Total Time 1 hr 22 mins
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 391 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 medium shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper. chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup small whole mushrooms
  • ½ cup cubed eggplant
  • 10 medium black olives
  • 10 medium green olives
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 lb. medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen green peas


  1. Heat rice, broth, and saffron in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle boil; cook, covered, for 45 to 50 minutes. Keep covered the entire time or rice will not cook evenly. 

  2. While rice is cooking, heat oil in a large ovenproof saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic, bell peppers, mushrooms, and eggplant; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until bell peppers are tender.

  3. Add olives, salt, pepper (if desired), and cumin; cook for 1 minute.

  4. Preheat oven to 400° F.

  5. Add rice, tomatoes, and peas to bell pepper mixture; mix well.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until heated through. 

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Paella
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 520mg23%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Container Equivalents
1 Green
3 Yellow
½ Orange
1 tsp.

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