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25 October 2012

Chorizo sausage pasta


Chorizo sausage pasta

We bought some sausages for the weekend barbie, and spotted a pack of Heller's chorizo sausage. I suddenly had a craving for chorizo and so we bought one. It was nothing short of awesome. My wife, who is not fond of anything spicy, loved it. Even my son had a second serving. And then my wife and I thought of the same idea: this sausage will taste great with pasta! And it did. I used dried Italian herbs for this recipe. I'm sure that fresh basil will taste loads better.

Total time: 90 minutes
Yield: serves 5 people
Ingredients
  • 10 pcs chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 medium onion chopped into small pieces
  • 300g spaghetti noodles
  • 400g can tomato sauce
  • 100g tomato paste
  • as needed cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • as needed water
  • 6 large button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves
  • as needed dried italian herbs
  • to taste salt and ground pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat up a pan over medium heat and pour enough water to thinly cover the base. Add the chorizo sausage slices and spread flat. Mix occasionally to cook in water.
  2. At this stage, start boiling the water for the pasta. Cook the pasta as per package directions.
  3. When all the water has dried up, set the chorizo pieces aside and pour cooking oil on the pan. Saute the onion, followed by the mushrooms. After a minute, return the chorizo and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and 1/8 cup water to thin out the sauce a bit. Mix.


  4. Sprinkle dried herbs (or add fresh basil if you have these) and sprinkle salt and pepper. If you want to cut through the sour tomato taste, grate a generous amount of cheese and taste. When the sauce tastes as desired, add the spinach leaves and mix occasionally until wilted.
  5. The spaghetti noodles would be cooked and drained by now. Mix the pasta with the sauce. Serve with grated cheese on top (and some fresh basil leaves - if you have these!).