Copycat Lola’s Kicking Seafood Paella

Copycat Lola’s Kicking Seafood Paella


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Don’t let the mussels fool you! This dish isn’t as hard as it looks to create. You don’t have to go to a creole restaurant to get amazing New Orleans flavor. This tasty paella has a delicious kick and great garlic flavor!

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 50 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage, ground
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 C. medium-grain Spanish paella rice or risotto rice
  • 3 C. chicken stock, ( to start, may need 1-2 additional cups)
  • 1 C. white wine, dry
  • 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, split + more if needed
  • 3 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce + more if needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tsp. paprika, smoked
  • One pinch of saffron threads
  • ½ C. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • fresh parsley, finely diced for garnish
  • The Mussels
  • ½ lbs. mussels, soaked
  • 1 C. chicken stock
  • ½ C. dry white wine
  • 1 ½ Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced

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In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until they’re fragrant (about 5-7 minutes). Pour in the tomato sauce and season it with salt, pepper, saffron, and paprika. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock and wine to a boil. Add the rice to the skillet and pour the chicken stock mixture over it. Bring this to a boil and lower it to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add in the ground sausage and add more tomato sauce if needed. Cook until the sausage is done throughout. Once the rice is fully cooked, add in the cherry tomatoes and shrimp. Continue cooking until the shrimp is pink.

Prepare the mussels by heating the butter and olive oil in a skillet on medium-high. Add the shallots and garlic and saute them tender. Add in the mussels and pour chicken stock and wine over them. Cover the pan and wait 5-7 minutes. The mussels should pop open, if not, give them a couple of more minutes. Add this to the paella and enjoy!

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