How to Make Paella

Paella with a twist! This Italian style-Paella dish is inspired by my family in Venezuela and brings the delicious salty flavours of the Adriatic sea, to your plate.

Video recipe:

HOW TO MAKE PAELLA | Dad’s Adriatic Paella Recipe | Chicken and Seafood Paella


(For a big Family lunch of approx. 20 ppl) Use less ingredients if you cook for less people.

Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Paella

Rice Recommendation

We used Arborio for an Italian twist, but it is recommended for authenticity, to use “bomba” which is a short grain rice.

Keep on stirring

Stir frequently your rice until it is par-boiled before you add the seafoods such as prawns, mussels and scampi.

Sprinkle it!

Once your paella is almost ready, add a few sprinkles of finely chopped parsley to finish it off and ready to be serve!



Vincenzo's Plate


  • Large, deep pan
  • Large deep pot for approx. 5L water
  • Sharp knife
  • wooden spoon
  • Ladle


  • 1 Big Red Capsicum
  • 2 Carrot
  • 1 Onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 500 grams Chicken breast diced
  • 4-5 L Water
  • 3 sachets Saffron powder or threads
  • 2 kg Rice
  • 200 grams Peas
  • 1 kg Shelled mussels
  • 200 grams Prawns
  • 12 Scampi
  • 600 grams Calamari
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Fresh parsley


  • Boil 4-5L water in a large pot while you prepare the ingredients for this amazing dish.
  • Dice the carrot, capsicum and onion into small pieces.
  • Prepare the calamari by cutting the calamari strips into cubes.
  • Pour a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil into a large deep pan and put it on the stove at a medium-high heat to start the paella mixture.
  • Add the capsicum, carrot and onion to the pan and stir. Leave to simmer until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the calamari pieces and simmer for around 10 minutes while stirring regularly.
  • Once the water has started to heat up, add 2 x sachets of saffron powder to the large pot.
  • Next it's time to add the diced chicken to the mix and stir using wooden spoon. This should also be left to cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the prawn and saffron broth using a large ladle and stir it through.
  • Then, pour in the rice, stir once again, and add another 2 ladles of broth.
  • To add extra flavour to your paella, add a sprinkle of sea salt and mix, before pouring in up to 200g of peas.
  • Continue to stir frequently, until the rice is par-boiled. Then, add the prawns, mussels and scampi.
  • Place the scampi evenly around the pan so that they rest on top and are able to cook whilst looking on-point for presentation.
  • Once the paella is almost ready, add a few sprinkles of finely chopped parsley.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


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How to serve Paella

Serve up a generous portion of paella on a flat coloured plate and add a scampi on top in the centre.

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