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Traditional Spanish Paella

Herb Blend: 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced Paella: 1 cup water 1 teaspoon saffron threads 3 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 8 unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 1/2 pound) 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 skinned, boned chicken thighs, cut in half 2 links Spanish chorizo sausage (about 6 1/2 ounces) or turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 (4-ounce) slice prosciutto or 33%-less-sodium ham, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 cups finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 3 large garlic cloves, minced 3 cups uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice 1 cup frozen green peas 8 mussels, scrubbed and debearded 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


How to Make It

Step 1 To prepare the herb blend, combine the first 4 ingredients, and set aside. Step 2 To prepare paella, combine water, saffron, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact; set aside. Step 3 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; saute 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add sausage and prosciutto; saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Add shrimp, and saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper; saute 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, paprika, and 3 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in herb blend, broth mixture, chicken, sausage mixture, and peas. Bring to a low boil; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mussels to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Arrange shrimp, heads down, in rice mixture, and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup lemon juice. Remove from heat; cover with a towel, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired. RECIPE BY COOKING LIGHT        



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