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Cheesy Chorizo and Tomato Baked Pasta is a delicious recipe for a wonderful dinner. Easy to make with a few ingredients, this dish will become a favorite.
Pasta baked in a delicious tomato sauce with cheese and Spanish chorizo is all you need for a comforting dinner on a cold night.
Who doesn’t love pasta? Easy to make and so versatile, pasta can become an addiction for many of us who love comfort food.
This recipe uses very few ingredients and it is made in no time. There are dishes that have the power to transport you to a special place and time and this dish can send you on a short trip to Spain through its flavors and simplicity.
Pasta with chorizo and tomato sauce (Or Macarrones Con Chorizo y Tomate) is a very traditional dish in Spain. A pinch of garlic, oregano and basil make this dish fabulous in its simplicity.
It started to be very present in the Spanish cuisine after the Civil War. Some international authors named this dish “macarrones a la espanola“.
It is also very traditional to serve it with shredded cheese, in particular Manchego cheese, which is a sharp sheep cheese. Very delicious!
Very popular among young people, probably because the ingredients are easy to find and very affordable, this dish can be enjoyed in many school campuses.
It is also popular in many cheap restaurants. If you ask me, it is real comfort food, indeed.
I love easy recipes and I love the fact that with minimum effort, you can have a lovely dish on your table to feed the whole family. I, personally, also love the leftovers.
Pasta, in any form, is a perfect meal to have for lunch the next day with a little salad right next to it.
Cheesy Chorizo and Tomato Baked Pasta is your easy recipe for week nights when you have to make dinner fast.
Don’t have Spanish chorizo? Replace it with mild Italian sausage or spicy Mexican chorizo. Play with the ingredients and make the recipe your own.
You will need the following ingredients:
Sausage– like Spanish chorizo, or a mild Italian sausage.
Pasta– Could be any kind of pasta shape you like, there are no rules here.
Cheese– I used all kinds of cheese in the past, as I make this dish quite often. Manchego cheese is the traditional used one, but other types of cheese are perfectly acceptable. Cheddar or a combination of cheddar, mozzarella and other cheese work as well.
Tomato sauce– I like using plain tomato sauce, as I prefer using my own spices and control the salt in the recipe.
Garlic and onion– these flavor the sauce and also the pasta.
Salt and pepper to your taste.
How to make this Cheesy Chorizo and Tomato Baked Pasta:
To start this dish, make sure you have all ingredients. Also, preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
Chop the onions and garlic and slice the chorizo thinly.
The Spanish chorizo is cooked with the onions and garlic first.
When the onions and garlic become translucent, you can add the tomato sauce and the herbs.
While the onions, garlic and chorizo are getting friendly with each other, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
Shred the cheese. I had a chunk of cheese that I wanted to use in the recipe, but if you have already shredded cheese, go ahead and use it.
When the pasta is cooked, drain the water. Add the tomato and chorizo mixture to the pasta.
Place the pasta with the sauce in a baking dish.
Add the shredded cheese on top.
Looks awesome, right?
Place the dish in the oven and finally, bake for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly and golden.
It is so easy to put this dish together and so delicious! Kids love pasta and this dish is also perfect for the entire family !
There is really not much to say about this recipe, so why are you not in the kitchen yet digging for the pasta and the sausages in your pantry?
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- 1 chopped onion
- 4-5 Tablespoons olive oil
- 9 oz/250g Spanish Chorizo or any kind of sausage you like and have available
- 1 14 oz. (398 mL) can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 1 12 oz.(400g) package dry penne pasta
- 2 cups(250g) shredded cheese(Manchego, parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar etc)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
- Place an oiled medium sized skillet on high heat on the stove.
- Add the onion and sauté until transparent. Add the sliced Spanish chorizo to the skillet.
- Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Next, add the tomato sauce, crushed garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for a minute.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain the water and add it to the tomato and chorizo mixture.
- Place the pasta with the sauce in a baking dish and add the shredded cheese on top.
- Finally, bake for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly and golden.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 16g