Chorizo Pasta

Pasta with chorizo in sauce

Pasta with chorizo, peas and red onion is an idea for an easy, quick and original dinner. Sour tomato sauce, sweet onion, spicy sausage, what more could you want?

Want to change something in the recipe? Here are some sample modifications to the recipe:

  • You can add red wine to the sauce, which will deepen the flavor of the sauce. Pour the wine over the fried onion and chorizo, and when the alcohol evaporates, add the rest of the ingredients.
  • As pasta, you can use penne (tubes), gimlets, farfalle (bows), tagliatelle and pappardelle (ribbons), macaroni or any other shape.
  • You can replace the green peas with edamame beans, which will give the dish an Asian vibe.
  • If you don’t have red onion, you can replace it with white/yellow onion or shallot.
  • You can replace canned tomatoes with passata, puree or tomato concentrate with water.
  • Instead of parmesan, you can use any hard, ripening cheese, e.g. grana padano, pecorino, or cheaper long-ripening cheese.

What is chorizo? What is chorizo made of?
Chorizo is a Spanish sausage made of pork seasoned with lots of paprika. It is spicy and, depending on the type and brand, it can be slightly or very spicy.

Can chorizo be fried? Can chorizo be eaten raw?
Of course! Chorizo can most often be purchased smoked or dried; such a sausage can be safely eaten raw or subjected to further processing. However, if you buy raw chorizo sausage, it must be heat treated.

What can you prepare with chorizo?
Have you prepared the pasta and don’t know what to do with the rest of the sausage?
Here’s what else you can add chorizo to:

  • chorizo pizza
  • chorizo sandwich
  • chorizo burger
  • baked beans with chorizo
  • letcho with chorizo
  • chorizo dumplings
  • chorizo casserole
  • shakshuka with chorizo
  • scrambled eggs with chorizo
  • goulash or goulash soup with chorizo
  • surf&turf, i.e. a combination of meat and fish/seafood, e.g. goulash or pasta with chorizo and shrimps
  • chorizo quesadillas
  • patties/dumplings baked with chorizo
  • burrito with chorizo

*recipes for these dishes will definitely appear on the blog over time 😉

The amount of pasta (dry) is approximate for 4 portions to calculate the caloric value. Of course, I always add pasta by eye.

Chorizo pasta contains gluten. To prepare a gluten-free version of the dish, simply replace wheat pasta with gluten-free pasta. The proportions given below will yield approximately 4 large portions of pasta with chorizo in tomato sauce.
Read the step-by-step recipe on how to prepare dinner with chorizo and watch the video below the recipe.
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Pasta with chorizo in sauce

Chorizo Pasta

Pasta with spicy Spanish sausage is an idea for a quick and delicious dinner.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian, Spanish
Servings 4 portions
Calories 549 kcal

Pasta with Chorizo Recipe


  • 70 g chorizo
  • 1 cup green peas (frozen)
  • 4 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 50 ml cream (30% fat or less)
  • 400 g canned tomatoes
  • 40 g parmesan
  • pepper
  • salt
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • olive oil (for frying)
  • ½-1 cup water from cooking pasta
  • 280 g pasta (e.g. tagliatelle, penne, etc.)


  • Slice the onions. Cut the chorizo into slices or half-slices.
    70 g chorizo, 4 red onion
  • Pour a little olive oil into the pan and add the onion. Add salt. Fry the onion until soft and dark purple. Add spices and garlic. Fry. Add chopped chorizo and peas, fry.
    Start cooking pasta. Salt the water.
    Add canned tomatoes and ½-1 cup of pasta cooking water. Fry until the peas soften. You can add more pasta water if necessary. Finally, add a little cream and mix.
    1 cup green peas, 4 cloves garlic, 50 ml cream, 400 g canned tomatoes, pepper, salt, ½ tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp oregano, ½ tsp thyme, 1 pinch cinnamon, olive oil, ½-1 cup water from cooking pasta
  • Add freshly cooked pasta to the sauce. Mix and it's ready. Before serving, sprinkle each portion with grated Parmesan. Enjoy your meal!
    40 g parmesan, 280 g pasta


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Serving: 100gCalories: 220kcal (11%)Carbohydrates: 31g (10%)Protein: 8g (17%)Fat: 7g (11%)Saturated Fat: 2g (15%)Cholesterol: 10mg (3%)Sodium: 126mg (5%)Potassium: 296mg (8%)Fiber: 4g (15%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 356IU (7%)Vitamin C: 13mg (16%)Vitamin D: 0µg (1%)Vitamin E: 1mg (8%)Vitamin K: 9µg (9%)Calcium: 89mg (9%)Iron: 2mg (9%)Manganese: 0mg (20%)Magnesium: 35mg (9%)Zinc: 1mg (5%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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