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Spanish Chorizo Pasta with Tomato Sauce Recipe

For some people, chorizo meals would be perfect every day of the week.

Although this may not always be the case, if you want to treat yourself to a delicious dish with chorizo, then you can prepare the best Spanish chorizo pasta.

This dish hits all the notes: pasta with all the delicious carbs, a very garlicky tomato sauce, and a Spanish chorizo that gives it the right flavor.

spanish chorizo pasta in a pan on a wooden table. Spanish Chorizo Pasta with Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Background of the Dish

skillet with spanish chorizo pasta on a table cloth

Since its creation, the chorizo was a success throughout Andalusia, people loved it so much that southern Spain began to fill up with recipes with chorizo.

A few of those famous and delicious recipes are Spanish chorizo soup, Spanish chorizo rice, or chorizo cooked in cider.

The Spanish chorizo pasta, however, was born as a mixture of Italian and Spanish cuisine. 

The Italians gave the macaroni, and the Andalusians the chorizo and the typical tomato sauce.

Today, you can find this same dish of Spanish chorizo pasta in any restaurant in the region throughout the year.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Chorizo Pasta

As with other easy chorizo recipes, for this one, you only need tomato, chorizo, and pasta as the key ingredients, so there are hundreds of changes you can make.

You can even follow other chorizo recipe ideas and use store-bought tomato sauce instead of homemade in this recipe to save yourself some time.

closeup with chorizo sausage from spain for the spanish chorizo pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 package (400 gr) of pasta
  • 1 or 2 (200 gr) fresh chorizo
  • 800g crushed fresh tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • oregano (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Water to boil the pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Spanish Chorizo Pasta – Step by Step Guide

pasta boiling for the spanish chorizo pasta
  1. The first step in this recipe for chorizo pasta is to chop the garlic, onion, leek, and red pepper and saute them.
  1. Once they take on a little color, add the crushed tomato, bay leaf, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Cook it for 20-25 minutes on medium/high heat.
  1. Remove the bay leaf and pass the tomato sauce through a blender or food processor. You could skip this step if you choose to use the store-bought sauce for this pasta and chorizo.
  1. Now put plenty of water to heat in a large pot. Season it with salt and pepper and when it starts to boil add the pasta.
  1. Then, cook the Spanish pasta for the time indicated on the package (it usually is from 8 to 10 minutes).
  1. After that, cut the chorizo into half-moons or small cubes. Take them to the pan with a splash of oil. Add the tomato sauce and the drained pasta. Mix everything well.
  1. As an optional step, you can transfer the pasta to a suitable source for the oven. Sprinkle them with chopped basil, a little oregano, and some shredded cheese to gratin. Gratinate them in the oven until a toasted crust forms.
  1. Serve the chorizo and pasta and optionally garnish with some parsley leaves.

Substitution of Ingredients

pasta with chorizo in a pan next to tomatoes and a glass of wine.

For this quick and easy Spanish chorizo pasta, you have hundreds of possible substitutions in the ingredients.

First, you can use any paste you want. Macaroni are recommended in this case, but any type of thick pasta (spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, etc.) will do.

Like other recipes with chorizo sausage, you can replace the chorizo with another type of sausage: Italian sausage, German sausage, or another type of sausage.

If you want to completely skip the chorizo then we recommend trying other Spanish pasta dishes such as Spanish sardines pasta and Paella with pasta.

Tips on Serving Spanish Chorizo Pasta

a bowl of spanish chorizo pasta and 2 glasses of wine in the background

Once you finish making this Spanish chorizo recipe, it will be ready to be served.

You can choose to serve it during lunch or dinner, and it can be used for different occasions, such as a stay-at-home dinner date, a meeting with coworkers, or to enjoy on your own.

If you choose to avoid the optional step of grating cheese in this chorizo recipe dinner, we still recommend that you put a little shredded cheese on top of each plate when serving, since it is a classic.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Then we encourage you to try the Spanish romesco sauce that goes perfectly with anything.

How to Store Spanish Chorizo Pasta

How to Store Spanish Chorizo Pasta. Ingredients such as nuts, apple, salad in a fridge.

A peculiarity of meals with chorizo is that there are not always many options for storage, but luckily this Spanish chorizo pasta is the exception.

You should always let it come to room temperature and then put it in a bowl or closed container before storing it.

Then you can take the Spanish chorizo pasta to the fridge and store it there for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze it for up to 30 days and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

Recipe Card: Spanish Chorizo Pasta

Yield: 5

Spanish Chorizo Pasta Recipe

spanish chorizo pasta in a pan on a wooden table.

For some people, chorizo meals would be perfect every day of the week.

If you want to treat yourself to a delicious dish with chorizo, then you can prepare the best Spanish chorizo pasta.

This dish hits all the notes: pasta with all the delicious carbs, a very garlicky tomato sauce, and a Spanish chorizo that gives it the right flavor.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (400 gr) pasta
  • 1 or 2 (200 gr) fresh chorizo
  • 800g crushed fresh tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • oregano (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Water to boil the pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. The first step in this chorizo pasta recipe is to chop the garlic, onion, leek, and red pepper and saute them.
  2. Once they take on a little color, add the crushed tomato, bay leaf, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Cook it for 20-25 minutes on medium/high heat.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and pass the tomato sauce through a blender or food processor.
  4. Put plenty of water to heat in a large pot. Season it with salt and pepper and when it starts to boil add the macaroni.
  5. Cook them for the time indicated on the package (usually 8-10 minutes).
  6. Cut the chorizo into half-moons or small cubes. Take them to the pan with a splash of oil. Add the tomato sauce and the drained macaroni. Mix well.
  7. As an optional step, you can transfer the macaroni to a suitable source for the oven. Sprinkle them with chopped basil, a little oregano, and the cheese to gratin. Gratinate them in the oven until a toasted crust forms.
  8. Serve the macaroni with tomato sauce and chorizo and optionally garnish with some parsley leaves.

Notes

Like all recipes using chorizo, you can play with the type of chorizo you use, or replace it with another protein such as pork pieces, bacon, etc.

The cheese gratin step in this recipe with chorizo is optional but highly recommended.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 677Total Fat 27.4gSaturated Fat 11.2gCholesterol 59mgSodium 856mgCarbohydrates 80gFiber 6.8gSugar 6gProtein 29.2g

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