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Pasta in Chorizo & Tomato Sauce Recipe - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo

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Pasta in Chorizo and Tomato Sauce - Macaroni en Salsa de Tomate con Chorizo

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Lisa Sierra
Italians are known to eat a lot of pasta, but the Spanish eat their fair share as well. They may not be known for their pasta dishes, but macaroni, rigatoni, penne and spaghetti are often eaten in Spanish homes with a typically Spanish twist to the sauce – Spanish chorizo sausage and Spanish smoked paprika. As in Italy, in Spain pasta is considered a first course rather than a main course, however this recipe will serve 4 adults as a main course.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Spanish virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Spanish chorizo sausage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 24 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. dry penne, macaroni or spaghetti noodles

Preparation:

This pasta in chorizo and tomato sauce recipe makes 4 servings.

Note re Spanish Chorizo: This sausage is very different than Mexican or Caribbean chorizo. Spanish chorizo is a firm, dry sausage where most Mexican chorizo is fresh and soft, not cured sausage. It also has different spices than Spanish Chorizo, so it is not a good substitute for this recipe. If you need a substitute, use Portuguese Linguica sausage, which is very similar to Spanish Chorizo and should be easy to find in your local supermarket.

Peel and chop the onion into 1/4-inch chunks. Peel and chop garlic. Remove the seeds and veins from the pepper and chop. Cut chorizo into round slices about 1/4-inch thick.

Pour about half of the olive oil into a large frying pan and heat on medium. Once hot enough, sauté the chorizo slices, pepper, onion and garlic in the pan. Stir often. If necessary, add more olive oil to pan.

Once the onions are translucent, add the can of crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle in the paprika. Stir and cook on medium-low for 10 minutes, careful not to burn the sauce.

While the sauce is simmering, bring water to a rolling boil for pasta in a large pot. Add pasta and cook until al dente – about 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

To serve, add pasta to frying pan and mix together with sauce. If you prefer, plate the pasta, then add sauce on top.

Tomatoes and Spanish Food

Like all Mediterranean people, the Spanish enjoy tomatoes many ways - fresh or cooked in lots of different kinds of dishes. Make sure to have on hand both fresh tomatoes, as well as a couple cans of tomato sauce and a large can of crushed tomatoes.

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