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Paella Casserole

Paella Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword paella-casserole, paella-recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 527kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 diced sweet onion
  • ½ cup green pepper diced
  • ½ cup red pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 5 oz package saffron rice
  • 2 cups roasted chicken roughly chopped
  • 1 13 oz smoked turkey sausage sliced
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes seasoned for chili
  • 1 10 ¾ oz can cream of celery soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup pimento stuffed green olives
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack or manchego cheese divided
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro [reserve 1 Tbsp for the top]
  • ½ cup frozen petite peas
  • 10-12 medium/large raw shrimp peeled deveined, tails removed [optional]


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium size pot, cook the diced pepper and onion in a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften and brown. Add the minced garlic and saute for another minute. Season with salt and black pepper to your taste.
  • Add the dry saffron rice and the amount of water called for on the package to the cooked veggies.
  • Prepare the rice per the instructions on the package being careful not to overcook. Remove from the heat and cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir together the cooked rice, chopped chicken, sausage, shrimp [if using] tomatoes, soup, sour cream, olives, cilantro and 1 cup cheese.Mix well.
  • Next, add the frozen peas and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust the salt and black pepper to your taste.
  • Pour into the baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup shredded cheese.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes longer until bubbly and the cheese has melted.
  • Garnish with pesto if desired.


Paella is often served with a parsley or cilantro pesto that includes toasted almonds or pine nuts. For a shortcut you can garnish with toasted almonds instead. The crunchy nutty flavor really compliments the spicy flavors in this dish.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1137IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 368mg | Iron: 2mg