I have made this many times before but always with processed tomatoes. This time I tried it with fresh tomatoes blasted to a pulp in the blender. I did add a bit of tomato puree too. This is truly one of my favourite things, quite possibly my last supper. The combination of the spicy sausage, sweetness of the tomato, a big whack of garlic, the comforting stodge of pasta and a topping of cheese… Sigh. You can add more veg in place of half the pasta – for example onions, mushrooms, courgettes or peppers could be added at the same time as the chorizo – if you want a lower carb version.
What to use – serves 1
- 80g pasta – any kind
- 80g chorizo – cut into fat slices
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 150g tomatoes
- squeeze of tomato puree
- pinch of herbs – oregano or basil work well
- cheese to serve with
How to use it
Put your chorizo into a non stick pan, onto a low to medium heat, and cook gently so that the lovely orange oil starts to release itself. You want the sausage to cook but not go too crispy/burn. When it looks cooked and the oil is out, crush your garlic in, stir and cook on a low heat.
Put your tomatoes, a glug of olive oil, and the tomato puree into your blender and blitz it. I left it for at least 30 seconds to make sure the tomato skins were broken down. You can put them into boiling water and remove the skins first if you prefer.
Add the tomato mix to the chorizo pan, along with your pinch of herbs. Stir, and leave to bubble gently for at least 10-15 minutes to let all the flavours do their thing. You can leave this for longer if you want to but you’ll probably need to add a little water if you do.
Boil your pasta, drain, if your chorizo pan is big enough, throw the pasta in there and stir. If not, scrape the chorizo sauce into the pasta. I usually put a lid on and leave it for a couple of minutes to let the flavours sink into the pasta a bit before serving.
Serve with whatever cheese you like – I like gooey gratings of a strong Cheddar or a layer of snowy parmesan.
Mmm rating: mm mm mm
Calories (minus cheese): 750
What to watch: Will & Grace – oh how I miss it
What to listen to while cooking: A Wink and a Smile by Grace’s husband