2 Syn Paella | Slimming World

With summer fading fast, this 2 Syn Paella really brings a bit of Spanish sunshine to dinner time.

When you’re making paella, it is really important to use the correct rice – your usual long grain or basmati just won’t work. So you want either Paella rice or Risotto rice for this recipe.

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

We were in Lidl picking up the Scottish Cooked Mussels in a White Wine Sauce for this 2 Syn Paella so we just grabbed a pack of Italiamo Arborio Rice while we were there, and it worked perfectly. You can get Paella rice in Lidl but there was none in stock at our local store.

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As luck would have it we managed to grab everything else while we were in there too. So you really can get everything you need for this 2 Syn Paella recipe in one trip. Who wants to be traipsing round loads of different shops looking for ingredients?

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Making paella is very different to making risotto too, even if you’re using Risotto rice. So don’t be tempted to keep stirring this like you would a risotto!

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This 2 Syn Paella easily serves 3 people (maybe more depending on how hungry you are!) and it makes a fantastic dinner party dish. Served in the pan at the table, it’s really got the wow factor.

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The Lidl Scottish Cooked Mussels are available in 2 different flavours, Garlic Butter Sauce (7 syns per pack) and White Wine Sauce (6 syns per pack). We used the White Wine ones for this 2 Syn Paella as paella always tastes that little bit better with a splash of white wine added! The Garlic Butter ones are amazing too by the way!

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Rapeseed or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this 2 Syn Paella recipe.

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Lidl Mussels

You may have seen the #lidlsurprises advert on TV for Lidl Mussels. You know the one. A guy is very sceptical about where the mussels come from, so he’s the sent off to see where they are produced.

We have to admit that we were also a bit wary about the quality of the mussels from Lidl. It’s probably just human nature to question how something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg can be high quality. So, with this in mind, Lidl sent us to the Isle of Mull!

We didn’t get to go on the mussel boat, which considering the wet and windy weather may have been a good thing! However, we did get to see the very Loch where the mussels are produced, and we have to say it was beautiful.

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The water is perfectly clear, and the air is so fresh. The only way to describe it is like the smell of the sea with a hint of pine. The mussels are caught on ropes – almost like a swing really!

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Needless to say, the whole experience addressed any concerns we had about the quality of the mussels.

While we were on the Isle of Mull we were also lucky enough to visit Cafe Fish in Tobermory. It’s the only place on the Isle of Mull that serves the very same mussels that are sold in Lidl.

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We eat a lot of seafood, and the seafood from Cafe Fish is the best we’ve tasted. Ever. If you ever get chance then it’s well worth a visit.

Finally to round off our little mussel adventure we attended the Lidl Mussel Beach event, which brought the Isle of Mull to London.

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Another thing to mention is the mussels from Lidl are MSC certified. This means that the seafood has been caught by fisheries that actually care about the environment. The MSC set standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability. That can only be a good thing for the fish, us, and for seafood supplies in the future.

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2 Syn Paella

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Rating: 4.83
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Prep Time

Cooking Time

portion 5 minutes 25 minutes


Weight Watchers

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552kcal 13

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)



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  1. In a paella pan or very large frying pan, spray a little Frylight and cook the chicken until it starts to brown
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and continue to cook until it's softened
  3. Stir in the paprika and rice
  4. Pour over the stock and stir well. Cover and leave on a medium heat for 10 minutes
  5. Add the red pepper, green beans, peas, king prawns and gently mix. Cover and cook for a further 8 minutes
  6. Remove the lid and stir in the Lidl mussels (including the sauce) and place the whole tiger prawns at regular intervals on the top of the paella
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until the shellfish is cooked and heated through
  8. Check the seasoning and add a little sea salt if needed
  9. Top with lemon wedges and serve immediately.

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  1. Gorgeous! Tastes really creamy and rich… but it makes A LOT! I would say it would easily feed four. We made it for 2 of us, both had 2 big bowl fulls and there’s still half left.

    1. Hi Linda
      If you didn’t want to use mussels you could always add the equivalent weight of extra prawns or chicken to the recipe instead. We won’t make you eat something you don’t like!

    1. Hi Donna
      Syn values of Chorizo can vary, so you’d need to check on the Slimming World website for accurate information. 🙂

  2. Hi Can you make this with just chicken – ie no prawns or mussles? if so would you change the herbs or spices? or cooking time? thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hi Petrina
      If you’re not keen on seafood, you can leave it out and use the equivalent weight of extra chicken, or perhaps add some bacon for extra flavour. (Remove all visible fat to keep it Syn free!) No need to change the seasonings or cooking time. 🙂

  3. Hello!
    I love this recipe! I noticed on the slimming world website that the Lidl’s mussels are actually 3 syns per half a portion so 6 for the whole packet. It just means it’s a 2 Syn Paella which is still fab. E x

    1. Hi Emma
      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It may be that the Syns have changed since the recipe was written. I’ve now amended the recipe to reflect this change. 🙂 Many thanks.

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