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Vegan Spanish Baked Rice

This gluten-free, WFPB recipe for vegan Spanish baked rice is easy, tasty, and hard to turn down.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Adriana Z.


  • 300 g Arborio Rice or Sushi Rice
  • 200 g Chopped Tomatoes 1/2 can
  • 100 g Vegan Chorizo or Pepperoni – omit if WFPB
  • 1 Bell Pepper medium
  • 1 Courgette medium
  • 1 Onion large
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1 pinch Saffron or Turmeric
  • 1 Garlic Bulb small to medium
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • 500 g Water


  • Prepare all the veggies cutting them to cubes or bite size.
  • Add approx 1 tbsp of olive oil to a pan, then the chopped onion and sauté until translucid.
  • Add the peppers and sauté for 3-5 minutes, then the courgettes (zucchini) cubes for another 3 minutes and finally the peas for no longer than 30 seconds. Put the cooked vegetables aside.
  • In the same pan pour the remaining oil and fry the vegan chorizo or pepperoni (omit this ingredient if you’re on a whole food plant based diet) until fragrant and crispy.
  • Add the spices (saffron, paprika and salt) to the fried chorizo, heat up for 30 seconds then add all the veggies back and cook for another minute.
  • Add the (uncooked) rice, the sautéed veggies and chorizo, and the chopped tomatoes to a Dutch oven or a “cazuela” (terracotta pan).
  • In a bowl or big glass mix the water with the vegetable bouillon powder, pour the broth over the rice and veggies and stir well.
  • Place the garlic bulb in the center of the casserole and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • After the cooking time remove the garlic bulb and fluff up the rice with a fork. Place back in the oven with the bulb on top for 5-7 extra minutes on grill mode.
  • Enjoy the Spanish baked rice straight away, at room temperature or even cold.


You can eat this straight away from the oven, or you can allow it to cool for eating on a hot day. When you’re eating, try asking people at the table to squeeze a clove or two of garlic out onto their portion of rice and mix it in. It’s a fun thing to do at a dinner party, and people are sure to enjoy it.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1474IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 5mg