Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
55 MIN
Yield
Serves : 4 to 6
© Madeleine Hill

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the morels with hot water and let stand until softened, about 15 minutes. Lift the morels out of the soaking liquid and rinse under water to remove any grit; discard the liquid or strain and reserve for another use. Half the morels lengthwise and pat dry.

Step 2    

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, turning once, until nearly white throughout, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

Step 3    

Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in it. Add the morels, onion, garlic and saffron and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is softened and just starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the rice, tomato paste and pimentón and cook, stirring, until glossy and the rice is opaque, about 2 minutes. Stir in the fish stock and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until nearly all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fold in the peas, then nestle the shrimp on top and cook for 4 minutes longer. Season the paella with salt and pepper, scatter the parsley and chives on top and serve.

Notes

Bomba rice, also called Valencia rice, is a short-grain rice with a pearly color. It's highly absorbent, so it's often used to make paella. Look for it at specialty food shops and from Amazon.

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