One-Pot Wednesdays on Top Chef!

Kim Conte

I know it's not a Wednesday but I couldn't help but post this one-pot related story.

Last night on Top Chef, none other than domestic goddess Martha Stewart guest-judged a one-pot meal quickfire challenge. I couldn't help but wonder if BRAVO got the idea from our One-Pot Wednesday feature: I mean, the show did air on a Wednesday and it did feature one-pot meals...hmmmm...very suspicious...

Most of the recipes on this show are pretty complicated. But one of the top dishes in the competition was a one-pot paella and it sounded fairly simple. Want to make this at home? Keep reading for an easy recipe.

One-Pot Paella from

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 chicken pieces

1/2 pound turkey Italian sausage, sliced

2 medium onions, chopped

1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks

1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks

1 1/2 cups converted rice 3/4 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 cups chicken broth

1 16 oz. pkg. frozen peas, thawed

1/2 pound medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined

1/2 cup canned, quartered artichoke hearts, drained

2 tomatoes, cut in wedges

In large Dutch oven, heat oil until hot. Add chicken pieces and cook over medium-high heat, turning, until brown on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Add sausage to drippings and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; remove to a plate. Drain off all except 1 tablespoon pan drippings. Add onions, red and green bell peppers, and rice. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes, until onions are tender. Stir in oregano, turmeric, garlic, chicken broth, and cooked sausage. Heat to boiling. Arrange chicken pieces on top of rice mixture. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in peas, shrimp, and artichoke hearts. Cook until shrimp are pink, loosely curled, and opaque throughout, about 10 minutes longer. Gently stir in tomatoes. Serve hot.

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