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Chorizo Pasta

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Chorizo Pasta is a favourite in our house. It is spicy, hearty and so delicious! This recipe is great for a cold night or when you want something to warm you up. The pasta has a spicy tomato sauce with chunks of chorizo sausage. The best part? You can make it in less than 30 minutes!

With just a few ingredients, this chorizo pasta recipe is quick and easy! About 30 minutes later, it’s ready.

When all you want is pasta, sausage, and a basic yummy tomato sauce, this is the dish for you. Yes, it’s simple, the chorizo really is the star here!

Chorizo Pasta Ingredients

Our delicious chorizo pasta sauce is made with basic, readily available ingredients.

chorizo pasta served scattered with Parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves

We buy the spicy little Spanish sausage ready diced, this saves a whole load of time when you want to be cooking real food, fast!

chorizo pasta ingredients on a white table - pasta shells, passatta, diced chorizo, chopped red onion, diced peppers, olive oil, oregano, chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion – finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper – finely diced
  • 130g chorizo – diced
  • 500g passata
  • 1 tsp dried oregano – or use dried mixed Italian herbs
  • 350g dried pasta – I usually use pasta shells for this dish but it’s also nice with penne or fusilli
  • Salt and black pepper – to season to taste

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Cooking spoon
  • Saucepan for the sauce
  • Saucepan for the pasta
  • Colander

How To Make Chorizo Pasta

The quickness in which you can whip up the our chorizo pasta recipe will impress you. It’s fast, simple, and you’ll be able to have supper on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Step OneSauté the chorizo and diced vegetables

  • Add the olive oil to a saucepan and gently fry the onions, peppers, garlic and chorizo over a low heat for around 5 minutes or until softening. All the lovely paprika spiked oil will come out of the chorizo as you fry and add a burst of flavour to the dish.

Step Two – Simmer the chorizo and pepper pasta sauce

  • Pour the passata into the pan and sprinkle in the oregano, season with salt and black pepper and stir well to combine all the flavours.
chorizo pasta sauce being cooked in a skillet pan
  • Bring the chorizo tomato pasta sauce to the boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 25 minutes until the sauce is thickened and smelling amazing!
chorizo pasta sauce being cooked in a skillet pan

Step Three – cook the pasta

  • When the sauce has been cooking for around 15 minutes it’s time to start cooking the pasta. Just bring a pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the pasta shells. Then bring the pan back to the boil, then reduce the heat and boil the pasta for around 12 minutes (or whatever is recommended on your pasta packet)
  • Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving one small teacup of cooking water.
  • Then tip the pasta into the chorizo pasta sauce and mix everything together well so that all the pasta shells are well coated in spicy sauce. Loosen the pasta dish if necessary with a splash of the saved cooking liquid.
chorizo pasta served scattered with Parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves

Step Four – serve your tomato chorizo pasta

  • Serve the delicious pasta and chorizo sauce in bowls, scattered with Parmesan and torn basil leaves.

Chorizo Sausage Pasta Variations

We’ve given you a delicious chorizo dish, but feel free to change the ingredients and make it more suited to your own preferences

Switch the chorizo for another sausage

You can swap the chorizo for any diced sausage meat you like – if using proper British sausages, just de-skin them and break up the sausage meat into the pan.

Make it with halloumi

Love Halloumi cheese? Me too! You can easily turn this into a chorizo and halloumi pasta dish. Just serve topped with fried halloumi slices.

Make it spicy

Add more of a kick of heat by using a spicier chorizo sausage or adding in a pinch of chilli flakes.

Add in more vegetables

Try adding in some courgettes, mushrooms or finely sliced fennel, which works really well with chorizo.

What To Eat With Chorizo Pasta

These are my favourite side dishes to serve alongside pasta

  • Garlic bread – baguette, flatbreads or even try our cheat version of homemade garlic bread with brioche rolls. 
  • Salad – a big green salad goes great with a bowl of rich, meaty dish of pasta. 
  • Homemade coleslaw – we love a bowl of homemade coleslaw alongside pasta – the kids usually ask for Ranch Coleslaw.

You might also really enjoy our creamy Cajun chicken pasta recipe here – great for family dinner.

More Quick Pasta Dishes To Make

  • Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta – a delicious, zingy, light and fresh pasta dish, perfect for weeknight dinner.
  • Lemony Asparagus Pasta – a simple spring pasta dish, with seasonal asparagus and a sprinkling of golden crispy crumbs.
  • Prawn Pasta – a quick spicy pasta dish with juicy prawns, peppery rocket and all ready in just 15 minutes.

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Yield: Serves 4

Chorizo Pasta

chorizo pasta served scattered with Parmesan cheese and torn basil leaves

When you feel like a home-cooked meal but don't have any time, try out this delicious, hearty chorizo pasta dish. In just 30 minutes you can have a hot, filling dinner that's both flavorful and easy to prepare. This dish is perfect for those busy weeknights!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion - diced
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper - finely diced
  • 130g chorizo - diced
  • 500g canned chopped tomatoes - we use passata
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 350g dried pasta shells

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a saucepan and gently fry the onions, peppers, garlic and chorizo over a low heat for around 5 minutes or until softening. All the lovely paprika spiked oil will come out of the chorizo as you fry and add a burst of flavour to the dish.
  2. Pour the passata into the pan and sprinkle in the oregano, season with salt and black pepper and stir well to combine all the flavours.
  3. Bring the chorizo tomato pasta sauce to the boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 25 minutes until the sauce is thickened and smelling amazing!
  4. When the sauce has been cooking for around 15 minutes it’s time to start cooking the pasta. Just bring a pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the pasta shells. Then bring the pan back to the boil, then reduce the heat and boil the pasta for around 12 minutes (or whatever is recommended on your pasta packet)
  5. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving one small teacup of cooking water.
  6. Then tip the pasta into the chorizo pasta sauce and mix everything together well so that all the pasta shells are well coated in spicy sauce. Loosen the pasta dish if necessary with a splash of the saved cooking liquid.
  7. Serve the delicious pasta and chorizo sauce in bowls, scattered with Parmesan and torn basil leaves.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 15g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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