Seafood Paella with Squid and Clams

Seafood Paella with Squid and Clams

Recipe Rating: 3.63347
Serves 8
Go into just about any Spanish restaurant and you're sure to see paella on the menu. But truly memorable paella requires that individual flavors blend without losing their texture, that rice be moist, yet slightly crunchy and seafood be at its peak freshness and flavor. Following these simple guidelines will ensure your success with this celebrated dish.
  • 8 cups gluten-free fish, chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 8 saffron threads
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound small squid, cleaned and cut into rings
  • 1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cup short grain rice
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 6 jumbo shrimp or prawns, peeled, tails left on
  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 pound Littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup clam juice
In a medium saucepan, heat broth, clam juice, wine, saffron, bay leaf and thyme. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep hot on a back burner.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a shallow paella pan or large (about 18-inches wide) ovenproof skillet, heat 1/2 cup of the oil over medium high heat. Add squid and small shrimp and cook until shrimp are opaque. Using a slotted spoon, transfer squid and shrimp to a large plate and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until softened. Add tomato sauce and red peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, stirring well. Add rice and stir to completely coat with onion mixture. Return squid and shrimp to the skillet and stir in peas. Reserve 1 cup of the broth, then pour remaining hot broth into skillet and cook, uncovered, at a very low simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice begins to absorb most of the liquid. Stir only once to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom, then arrange jumbo shrimp, mussels and clams on top of the paella, pushing them down into the rice and broth. 

Transfer to oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed, rice is just cooked and mussels and clams have opened. (Check the paella after 15 minutes and if it seems very dry, add the remaining 1 cup of broth). Remove from the oven, cover with foil and set aside to let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 260 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 16g protein.
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