Rice with Vegetables

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 1h 15m

Serves 4

The exuberance of the huertas (market gardens) of Spain is displayed in its full glory in this recipe, which combines a wonderful variety of delicate flavors.
Rice dishes with vegetables and pulses require extra oil because the ingredients are lightly fried beforehand. It is therefore handy to have a little oil in reserve - heated previously with a clove of garlic - to add to the mxiture if it gets too dry.


  • 2 medium-size fresh artichokes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 1 medium-size eggplant, peeled and diced small
  • 4 ounces green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 ounces spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1 tomato, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3 1/2 ounces fresh peas, shelled
  • 3 1/2 ounces fava beans, shelled
  • 3 1/2 ounces fresh lima beans, shelled
  • Salt
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 1/2 cups medium-grain rice


Remove the tough outer leaves of the artichokes, trim the ends and divide into quarters. Place in a dish, add the lemon juice and cover with water.

Heat the oil in an 18-inch paella pan (shallow metal pan) and fry the eggplant, then remove and set aside. Fry the green beans, followed by the spinach and artichokes, then the tomato and garlic. When everything is done, add the paprika and water.

When it comes to a boil, add the peas, both types of beans, eggplant, a little salt and the saffron. Cook for 35-40 minutes. Check the seasoning. Add the rice, spreading it out evenly.

Cook over high heat for 10 minutes, then gradually turn the heat down over the next 8-10 minutes. Taste a few grains of rice to check that it is cooked. Remove from the heat, leave for 5 minutes, then serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 1192

nutrition information per serving

603 calories; 2g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 84mg sodium; 126g carbohydrates; 21g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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