This Tempeh-Portabella Paella is a hearty one-pot wonder!
It all starts with the "sofrito" - a deep, rich flavor base. Chopped vegetables (I used onion, mushroom, garlic, red bell peppers, and fire-roasted tomatoes) are sauteed in the pan until tender and caramelized, which deepens and intensifies their flavor.
The large amount of flavor from the various veggies get picked up by the broth and are then absorbed by the rice - YUM YUM YUM!!!
Note that it's crucial to use the short-grain rice here because it's more absorbent than medium- or long-grain rice. This way you maximize the delicious flavors running deep into each rice kernel and throughout the dish!
The most typical paella recipes in the U.S. feature sausage or seafood, but actually, vegetable paella was a common authentic version throughout the history of this dish.
To make my paella plant-strong, I used tempeh and portabella mushrooms instead. This gives the paella a hearty, meaty texture while simultaneously keeping it low in cholesterol and fat.
Plus, since we dry-saute the veggies, instead of using oil like most paella recipes, this version is much much lower in calories. The bottom line is you don't have to worry about enjoying a big bowl and then feeling stuffed and fatigued after a big serving.
You'll be more than satisfied—and in more ways than one—after chowing down on this scrumptious Tempeh-Portabella Paella!
By Chef Katie Mae
Makes 4–6 servings | Ready in 50 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge
Traditionally white rice is used and since brown rice takes longer to cook, it’s important to soak the rice for 6 to 8 hours beforehand.
To save time, you could cook the brown rice separately in an Instant Pot, or pre-cook the rice earlier when you have more time.
To make this in the Instant Pot, use the sauté mode for step 1. During step 2, turn the setting to manual and 18 minutes. Add the ingredients in step 3 and then put the lid on the pot, making sure the seal is closed. Use the 10-minute natural release and continue with step 4.