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In paella, many ingredients are mixed together in one pan. Cooks let this pan simmer. The simmering process does two things. First, the meat and vegetables release their flavors. Then, they flavor the rice. The rice soaks up the liquid as it cooks. It absorbs the flavors too. Once the rice absorbs all the liquid, the dish is ready to eat.

Cooks use a specific type of pan to make paella. A paella pan is round with a flat bottom. It has one handle on each side. The wide pan is not very deep. This shape lets more of the ingredients touch the hot bottom of the pan and form a tasty crust.

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Making Connections


Would you want to travel to Valencia and eat paella? Why or why not?


Have you read books about the history of other foods? What parts of the world do those foods come from?


People in Spain often cook paella for big gatherings. What food would you make if you were going to serve lots of people?

Teacher Resources

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