This is not the first time I’ve made and posted a vegetable paella here, I think it’s been about a year and a half since I made my first one, but I just love making them because you can be as creative as you want with all sorts of vegetables, especially what is currently in season right now.
The rice is your blank canvas, so everything you place on top of it just makes the whole dish come alive!
Roasting vegetables dramatically enhance their flavor, It’s a simple method where the vegetables are tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper then placed in a 425 degree oven and roasted until nicely golden and tender.
I usually have a few rimmed baking sheets going at the same time because I like to roast the vegetables individually according to their kind instead of mixing them all together. As you can see I had quite a variety!
I used red pepper, broccolini, yellow squash, zucchini, leeks, butternut squash, baby thin carrots, fennel, yellow and white cauliflower and those cute little enoki mushrooms. I also added roasted cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of frozen peas.
The point is you can make it your own with whatever vegetables you have on hand, don’t be afraid, anything will work. The more color the better, just play around with it and have fun, and besides, eating more color brings many health benefits to us, and that’s a good thing!
The instructions for paella and starting the rice can be found here in my previous post, just change out the veggies and make it your own, of course mine is not so traditional but made with an Italian flare.
It’s a one pan meal you can pull together during the week,( especially if you roast your vegetables ahead of time) or special enough to serve to your guests at a dinner party. Any leftovers you might have taste equally as good the next day!
I guarantee you’ll have extra roasted veggies left over so why not make a hearty minestrone with them like I did. I mixed homemade broth with a good boxed broth, simmered it for a while with a few parmesan rinds ( or grated cheese) that I always keep in my freezer plus a can of cannellini beans, some kale, leftover chicken if you have it and cooked pasta if you like. When the broth is nice and cheesy place some of those leftover veggies into a bowl and ladle the broth right on top. So good, and so good for you!