Basque Vegetable Rice

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Zucchini, onion, tomatoes and bell peppers stud this paella-inspired rice dish from You may add other vegetables, such as mushrooms and peas, or if you like something heartier, some slightly spicy Italian sausage is a good choice.
2 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
1 small dried red chile pepper, such as chile de arbol, broken
1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 tsp paprika, preferably Spanish
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups short-grain white rice, preferably Valencia*
3 cups vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsps finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
6 lemon wedges, for garnish
1. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add chile pepper, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft but not browned, about 6 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
3. Add rice; stir to coat well with the tomato mixture. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot directly from the pan, garnished with parsley and lemon wedges, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings (1 1/3 c each)

Calories: 250
Total Fat: 6g
Fiber: 5g
Sodium: 434mg
Protein: 5g

*Valencia rice (sometimes called paella rice) is Spanish-grown, short-grain rice classically used when making paella. It differs from other short-grain rice because of its ability to absorb moisture without breaking down. When fully cooked, the individual grains of rice remain whole. 'Bomba' is the best variety. Find it in specialty markets or online at Arborio rice can be used as a substitute, but yields a creamier dish.
Cuisine   SpanishDish   Main Dish
Main Ingredient   VegetablesPrep Time   45 minutes
Cooking Time   1 hour 
Features   Low-Calorie, Low-Fat, Low-Sodium, Vegetarian

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