Throw-It-All-In Leftover Paella Recipe

Throw-It-All-In Leftover Paella Recipe


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This paella recipe is delicious, because it allows you to use your leftovers in a delicious way! While the usual leftover casserole or sandwich is good on its own, this really spices up the items left from your holiday table.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6-8 servings


  • 2 lb. leftover cooked meat, shredded or diced thin
  • 4 C. water
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 C. canned tomatoes, with their juice, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 C. Arborio rice
  • 1/8 tsp ground saffron
  • 1 C. frozen peas
  • lime wedges, for garnish

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Saute onion, garlic, and pepper until tender but still with a bite. Add remaining ingredients minus frozen peas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked through. 

Add frozen peas, cover, and cook for about 10 more minutes. 

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