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Spicy Chorizo Linguine

This chorizo linguine is a great mid-week dinner. It’s so quick and easy to make, ideal when you’re short on time and want something delicious and filling.

One of the great things about this spicy chorizo pasta recipe is the fact it is so adaptable. We love recipes that you can change up to suit your own tastes. We like our pasta to be full of intense flavour so we use lots of garlic to enhance the chorizo meat. We think a splash of red wine can bring out some fantastic umami flavour. And of course, a pinch of chilli flakes adds a wonderful kick of spiciness that makes us want to eat more.

We recommend this pasta recipe any time of the year but we see it being helpful during the festive break when you just need to whip up a quick lunch without too much fuss. We know that we can be so busy with planning and organising, that we don’t always want a big meal. 

Chorizo linguine is great fast food. From start to finish you’ll be eating in 20 minutes. 

Bowl of chorizo pasta with knife and fork placed besides it
Chorizo Pasta Recipe

What is in the chorizo linguine recipe?

The main ingredients for chorizo linguine are chorizo, chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli flakes, and linguine pasta. 

There is milk included in this recipe, but it’s not essential. Likewise, the chilli flakes can be omitted if you prefer it not to be spicy. 

Spicy Chorizo Pasta
Spicy Chorizo Pasta
Spicy Chorizo Linguine
Spicy Chorizo Linguine

What is chorizo?

Chorizo is a seasoned cured pork sausage derived from Spain. It is known for its smoky flavour. The main spice used in the seasoning is smoked paprika, but sometimes also has garlic in it. Chorizo is made with both pork meat and fat along with some salt. 

Chorizo is now popular in dishes from across Latin America and there are many different versions of it available. 

In this recipe, we are referring to chorizo from Spain.

What to serve with chorizo pasta?

Chorizo linguine is great on its own as a simple meal. But it’s also great served with a fresh green salad, or some garlic bread, or maybe a bowl of roasted broccoli.

Pasta with Chorizo in a bowl
Chorizo Linguine Pasta
Chorizo Pasta
Chorizo Pasta

What substitutions or variations can you make to this pasta recipe?

If you don’t have any chorizo you can substitute it with pancetta, bacon, or even sausages. Chorizo also tastes great with prawns so you could throw in a handful of those towards the end of cooking as they only take a few minutes to cook through.

Also, this pasta sauce recipe works great with chicken, we sometimes use leftover chicken diced up and heated through in the sauce. Chicken pasta is incredibly comforting food.

If you want a dairy-free version you can omit the milk entirely. We often make it with just the tomatoes and then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to serve. 

Likewise, dried chilli flakes are optional. You could use fresh chilli if you like. Or omit it from the recipe.

Instead of linguine, you could use spaghetti or penne pasta.

To adapt the recipe you could add a few splashes of Worcestershire Sauce or a splash of red wine. Just be sure to cook the sauce down to boil off the alcohol.

To garnish we recommend chopping up some fresh basil leaves to add some freshness to the pasta.

 

Pasta recipes with chorizo
Pasta recipes with chorizo

Spicy Chorizo Linguine (serves 2)

Ingredients

  •  1/2 ring of Chorizo, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 White Onion, finely sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped or 1 Tbsp Garlic Puree
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (this is quite mild, add more if you like it spicy) (optional)
  • 400ml Can of Chopped Tomatoes, blended until smooth
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • Large pinch of Coarse Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 150g Linguine, freshly cooked and drained

Method

  1. Fry the sliced chorizo in a hot frying pan, turning regularly until nice and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Leave the oil from the chorizo in the pan and add the onions. Fry slowly on medium heat, stirring often, until golden and soft. 
  3. Add the chopped garlic and chilli flakes and stir through for a couple of minutes. 
  4. Pour in the blended tomatoes and the milk, stir and allow to simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the linguine on the boil for 10 minutes or until just cooked, drain and set aside.
  6. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add half the chorizo to the pan followed by the linguine. Stir until well combined.  
  8. Serve with the remaining chorizo sprinkled on top of each serving of pasta.
Yield: 2

Spicy Chorizo Linguine

Chorizo Tomato Pasta

Chorizo pasta is a fast and easy recipe to make. It's full of flavour and ideal comfort food. Perfect for when you are in a rush.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ring of Chorizo, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 White Onion, finely sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped or 1 Tbsp Garlic Puree
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (this is quite mild, add more if you like it spicy) (optional)
  • 400ml Can of Chopped Tomatoes, blended until smooth
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • Large pinch of Coarse Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 150g Linguine, freshly cooked and drained

Instructions

  1. Fry the sliced chorizo in a hot frying pan, turning regularly until nice and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Leave the oil from the chorizo in the pan and add the onions. Fry slowly on medium heat, stirring often, until golden and soft. 
  3. Add the chopped garlic and chilli flakes and stir through for a couple of minutes. 
  4. Pour in the blended tomatoes and the milk, stir and allow to simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the linguine on the boil for 10 minutes or until just cooked, drain and set aside.
  6. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add half the chorizo to the pan followed by the linguine. Stir until well combined.  
  8. Serve with the remaining chorizo sprinkled on top of each dish.

Notes

For a dairy-free version omit the milk. Instead, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil when serving.

Use as much or as little chilli flakes to suit your preferred spiciness levels. Or omit it entirely. The chorizo adds a lot of depth of flavour on its own.

Use any pasta you prefer such as spaghetti or penne.

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