Pasta Paella Recipe

I don't know if the name of this dish is inspirational or just cheesy and a sacrilege to the authentic Paella!!!

Either way it tasted beautiful and I recommend to all!! I was inspired after watching Tom Kerridge's new healthy food programme in the UK. I've made a few amends and twists but the basic recipe has come from him so I cannot take full credit. What I love is that is that this dish is all done in one pan and the flavours are phenomenal with the capers olives and chorizo. 


This cooked a big meal for two or could cater for four if served with salad and garlic bread

Olive Oil

1 Brown onion

1 fennel bulb

2 Garlic cloves

1 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp dry chilli flakes

A pinch of saffron

1 x tin tomatoes

1 x zucchini

1 x carrot

Handful pitted kalamata olives

1 1/2 tbsp capers

100g orzo pasta

500ml fish stock

1 chorizo sausage

10 prawns

salt and pepper



  1. Make sure you dice all of the vegetables nice and small and slice chorizo in to 2cm cubes.
  2. Heat olive oil in pan and add the chorizo and onion and fry till the onion is soft and chorizo browned for about 2 mins.
  3. Add all other veg and stir for  2mins.
  4. Add Garlic, fennel, saffron, chilli and stir for 1 min.
  5. Add fish stock and tin of tomatoes and stir.
  6. Add pasta and then simmer until pasta cooked (times vary but mine was about 15 minutes). The sauce will start to slowly thicken and reduce.
  7. My prawns were bought cooked so I just stared them through at the end for a  minute or two to heat through.
  8. Serve with salad and garlic bread.