Instructions: 1. In a large skillet or paella pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and green pepper and saute just until softened (about 3 minutes).
2. Add rice, tomatoes and their juice, the water, hot-pepper sauce, ham (if used), chorizo, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Quickly add shrimp, cover, and cook 5 minutes longer, or until rice is tender and shrimp have turned pink.
4. Toss with a fork. Garnish with lemon and parsley.
Paella One-Pot Meal: In a large skillet or paella pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 cup chopped onion; and 2 hot or mild chorizos, broken into pieces, casings removed; saute 3 to 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup long-grain white rice; 2 cups chicken stock; 1 whole boned chicken breast, cut in strips or bite-sized pieces; 1/8 teaspoon saffron or 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric; 1 teaspoon salt. Season with pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Then add 10 ounces frozen petite peas or 1 can (16 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, and 1 pound medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined. Cover and cook 5 minutes longer.
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