Thursday, 6 January 2011

Spicy Penne with Chorizo

I had the girls round for dinner last night, so obviously wine and pasta were required, despite all reference to a healthy new year. I've been good up until now, honest. And, just so you know, we did have a huge side salad alongside the generous portion of meaty pasta!
I came up with this recipe after having a similar thing in a restaurant once, and wanting to re-enact it at home. After a few attempts I think this one's a winner!

To make 4 portions:

Prep your ingredients: finely chop 1 garlic clove and 1 large red onion. Roughly chop 1 and a half red peppers. Dice four rashers of bacon, removing the fat. Cut one vacuum-packed chorizo sausage in half, remove the papery skin, then halve lengthways and slice.

Now heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan or saute pan. Add the onion, garlic and pepper, and soften on a low heat for 5 minutes. Now add the bacon, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the chorizo and a good sprinkling of dried chilli flakes, and cook for 2 minutes more, being careful not to let the chorizo burn.
Tip in 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and add a dash of red wine, if you have a bottle open. Season, turn up the heat to bubbling, then reduce to a simmer and leave simmering for about half an hour while you cook the pasta (you'll need aout 100g of pasta per person).
Taste the sauce when you think it's ready, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add the pasta to the sauce, stir through, and serve with parmesan.

Be sure to give this one a try. I would say it will go down well with the man in your life, but actually it was a hit with the girls too!

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