Budget baked paella-style rice

4-6 servings depending on portion preference. This can be used for meal prep and can also be frozen.

Using prices from Aldi I calculated that these ingredients would cost £3.35, therefore less than £1 per portion.


350g plain white rice

1 leek

1 large tomato

1 yellow pepper

50g frozen peas

Tin of butter beans

1 clove of garlic crushed

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tsp turmeric

1tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

600ml hot vegetable stock

Optional lemon to serve


1.     Preheat oven to 200C

2.     Wash rice until water runs clear, drain, and add to a large pot with a lid.

3.     Wash the leek, finely, slice and add to the pot

4.     Slice the tomato and add to the pot

5.     Finely slice the pepper and add to the pot

6.     Pour in the frozen peas.

7.     Drain and rinse the butter beans and add to the pan (rinsing them can make them a bit more digestible for those who are sensitive to beans)

8.     Crush the garlic and add to the pan

9.     Add in the olive oil and spices

10.  Stir the dry ingredients to disperse the spices and garlic but try and keep most rice to the bottom of the pan so it can get covered in liquid.

11.  Pour over the hot vegetable stock

12.  Cover tightly with lid (if you don’t have a lid you could use foil) and bake in the oven for 40 minutes

13.  Remove from oven and leave to stand with the lid on for 10 minutes

14.  Fluff up rice with a fork and serve, option to squeeze over some lemon.

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