If you’re like my husband, and are looking for a pasta dish that has meat with absolutely no vegetables in it whatsoever, then this bowl is for you! It’s simple, a touch spicy (from both the chorizo and the kick in the sauce), and cooks up in about 30 minutes. Chorizo is a Spanish sausage that has a bit of heat; it’s not overly spicy, but it does offer spice off the bat, so add pepper and chillies to the sauce bit by bit. This dish is meant to be hot, not overwhelming. It’s delicious on it’s own, or with a side of mixed greens with a light vinaigrette. A simple supper that’s a stunner on the plate.
CAPELLINI IN SPICY TOMATO SAUCE WITH CHORIZO
1 900g bag of Capellini, using about 3/4
2 large cans of Plum Tomatoes
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 cup Onion, finely chopped
3 links Chorizo Sausage, casings removed
About 1/2 fresh basil, chopped
EVOO, for sautéing
Lots of Fresh Pepper
3-4 pinches of Crushed Red Chillies
Salt, to taste
Turn burner onto high. Fill large pot with water and a few tsbp. of salt. Bring to a boil and then add the noodles. Follow package instructions to cook.
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the chorizo. Squeeze the sausage out of the casings and then use a spoon to break apart in the pan, and cook until browned, about 15 minutes.
In a pot over low-medium heat, add the minced garlic, onion, and enough EVOO to just coat the bottom of the pot. Sautee until onion is transparent, about 7 minutes.
Open up the cans of plum tomatoes, and pour them into the garlic mixture. Add fresh pepper and salt, to taste. Add the fresh basil. Add the crushed red chillies (I like a lot of heat…if you don’t, go easy on the size of the pinch!).
Using an emulsifier, blend all of the ingredients together. Using a slotted spoon, add the cooked chorizo into the sauce. Simmer the sauce on low for about 15 minutes.
Once the noodles are finished, drain and pour into a large bowl, reserving some of the boiled water for mixing. Add into the pasta bowl some sauce, and the leftover cooking water. Toss, and add more sauce as needed. Enjoy!
Mangia! Let’s Eat!