Tomato & Chorizo pasta

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Chorizo & Tomato Pasta

I am not ashamed about the fact that I dream about food. I do it quite often actually. Even when the dream isn’t ABOUT food, food features in my dreams more often than not. But when you dream about one ingredient, every night for a full week, you know the obsessive line has been crossed. Last week, this happened to me and I dreamt about Chorizo every single night. Now, I like to listen to my dreams when they repeat themselves and so I knew I would need to cook something with chorizo soon to stop myself from waking up, salivating!

Chorizo & Tomato Pasta

I wanted to keep it simple as my week’s have been quite chaotic lately and decided to use the chorizo in a spicy tomato sauce with pasta. I love how using a few good quality ingredients can result in a dish so full of rich, beautiful flavours. I used a really good quality chorizo sausage (with lots of lovely yellow fat) and some almost-over ripe cherry tomatoes I had in my fridge but 2 tins of cherry tomatoes would do just fine. I wanted to amp up the porkiness of the pasta so I added a packet (250g) of smoked bacon.

Chorizo & Tomato Pasta

As pastas go, I almost always serve them with a good grating of Pecorino cheese but as I was reaching for it in my fridge, saw the tub of Feta cheese and thought the salty, slight creaminess would be just great with the spicy, almost-sweet pasta. Perfect weeknight food!

Serves 6

200g Chorizo sausage, roughly chopped
250g smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp sugar
handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
crumbled feta cheese, to serve
750g cooked pasta of your choice, reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid

  1.  In a hot, large pan, fry the chorizo and bacon until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the bacon & chorizo fat, fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent then add the tomatoes and sugar. Add a splash of water and allow to cook and reduce for 10-15 minutes.
  3. If the tomatoes seem to be drying out, add a splash of water/chicken stock.
  4. When the tomatoes are soft and the sauce has reduced, add the chorizo and bacon back to the pan and add the parsley. Season to taste.
  5. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and add some of the reserved cooking liquid to loosen the sauce has you go.
  6. Serve with crumbled feta cheese.

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://www.hewearstheapron.com He Wears The Apron

    While we love to cook on Sundays for the week we do have those weeks where we don’t cook enought. This dish looks amazing. I wonder how it would be if you used Cotija cheese?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      I’m not sure what Cotija cheese is (not familiar with it here in South Africa), but I’m pretty sure any cheese would be great on this!

  • http://www.closetcooking.com/ Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    This is one tasty sounding pasta, and it is so nice and easy!

  • Mandi

    Made this pasta last night and it was an immediate hit with my husband who is normally suspicious of new dishes. I had mushrooms in the fridge, so added those as well – they blended in well with the other ingredients. Was most delicious and will definitely be a regular in future.

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