Rice recipes

Country or peasant rice

Country or peasant rice


  • Easy
  • 50 minutes
  • For 4 people
  • € 0.9 / person
  • 235kcal per 100g.

How to make a country or peasant rice.

Among the classic rice dishes , among those that we learn to make when we are first in the kitchen, rice a la campesina is, without a doubt, one of the most useful.

The simple preparation of this rice and the basic ingredients, put this rice among the favorites for day to day.

As always when we talk about rice, it is important, first, a rice of confidence as in shiny rice from Sabroz . But it is also essential, a good homemade broth , this time with vegetables, and a good vegetable sauce , are the key to getting a tasty rice dish.

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We also add a touch of meat with a simple tip of Serrano ham. We can cut it ourselves taking advantage of remains that we have left at home, or ask our butcher to do it.

This will be the necessary salt point for this elaboration. Surely we will not need more salt than the one provided by this ham.

It is a simple recipe, but no less tasty, perfect to enjoy a rich and healthy homemade rice and vegetable dish every day .

Preparing vegetables for rice

  1. We start by preparing the vegetables. We wash the pepper and carrot and cut them into cubes.
  2. If we are going to use frozen peas, we remove them from the freezer. Peel and dice garlic.
  3. In a wide saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil. When the oil begins to heat, add the garlic.
  4. We cook the garlic until we see that it begins to brown. At this time we add the diced red pepper and carrot. We cook the vegetables for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. At this point we add the diced Serrano ham and the saffron. Stir well and let them fry together with the vegetables for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the peas and the crushed tomato and continue cooking the vegetables for 10 more minutes.
  7. It is important to stir from time to time to prevent burning. We must keep the sofrito at a temperature not too high.

Rice cooking and final presentation

  1. Add the rice and sauté it, together with the rest of the ingredients, for 2-3 minutes.
  2. We must stir the rice so that it is impregnated with all the essence of the sofrito, its flavor and the oil. With the rehogado we also help the grains to stay loose more easily.
  3. Throughout this process we will have been keeping the broth warm so that we can use it at the right time.
  4. When we have fried the rice, it will be time to cover it with the hot broth.
  5. We cover with the broth, we will have kept warm. We check the point of salt and if necessary we rectify. If you like black pepper, it would be time to give it a touch of it.
  6. We cook the rice for 18-20 minutes from the moment the broth begins to boil.
  7. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes and serve immediately so that it does not pass.

If still with these step-by-step explanations of the recipe and you are not clear, I leave you a step by step in photos of this rice recipe to the peasant   so that it comes out yes or yes. Do not hesitate, follow these photos.

Tips for a perfect peasant rice

  • Surely it will not be necessary to add salt to the rice, the one provided by the ham will be enough. But as I always tell you, try it better and if necessary, you just have to add a little. Go out to the taste of each house, and less and less in mine.
  • If you want a vegetarian version, you only have to remove the ham from the ingredients. You will have a delicious and very tasty rice with vegetables , I assure you.
  • To enjoy the benefits and flavor of saffron, we can infuse it before making rice. We will achieve a better result than adding it directly. It is very easy, you will need to crush the saffron threads by crushing them in a mortar.
  • For this rice we will need 6-7 strands of saffron. Add hot water but without boiling and let it rest for at least 10 minutes or until you add it to the rice. I usually heat the water in the microwave. Easy isn’t it?
  • You can follow all our advice in the special sweet rice . But here I leave you with a short summary.
  • We know that while we decide if the rice is ready, if we must leave it for a few more minutes or remove it from the heat, the texture and flavor of the rice can change considerably.

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