It may seem that all I cook is pasta, I know, I may have actually been an Italian in a previous life. But I do believe that pasta answers all of life’s unsolved questions. Slightly overdramatic? Absolutely not.
The beauty of pasta dishes is that you can chuck in almost anything, cook and hey presto (or pesto, maybe!) you’ve got something comforting, delicious and easy to make if you’re a little short on time.
The inspiration for this dish came from a busy day at work as well as the cold winter nights drawing in. I fancied some spicy chorizo sausage and tomato based pasta to warm me up. In typical Aimee fashion I always over-indulge and add something tasty, but possibly unnecessary. In this case it was the King prawns, but then again, I’d add seafood to everything given the chance, so feel free to leave out the prawns if it’s not your ‘thing’.
(Enough for 2 people)
♥ 200g pasta (I chose linguine)
♥ 100g spicy chorizo sausage
♥ Pack of raw king prawns (optional)
♥ 2 garlic cloves (I like my pasta to keep the vampires away!)
♥ 1 white onion
♥ A red pepper
♥ Half a pack of cherry tomatoes
♥ 250g passata
♥ 2 tablespoons of creme fraiche (I use reduced fat)
♥ Salt & pepper to season
♥ Fresh basil to serve
This is how we do it…
Start by boiling your pasta according to pack instructions in heavily salted water. Apparently the water you boil your pasta in should be as salty as the sea!
Meanwhile fry your onion and garlic in an oiled frying pan for 2 minutes. Chop your chorizo into thin (ish) circles and add to the onion and garlic until the delicious paprika oil starts to release.
Add the chopped red pepper and halved cherry tomatoes and cook for another 3 or so minutes, depending how crunchy you like your peppers.
Add the passata, season with salt and pepper and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the prawns and creme fraiche and cook for around 2-3 minutes or until the prawns are pink.
Add the pasta to your tomato sauce with a little of the starchy water until all the pasta is coated. Serve with chopped fresh basil and a wedge of lemon if you use prawns.
This pasta dish was super easy and really yummy considering it only uses basic ingredients. Just shows, you don’t need a cupboard and fridge full of complex ingredients to make a tasty bowl of pasta.
Have you got a simple pasta recipe you’d like to share?