I absolutely adore pesto but I had no idea it came in so many different varieties – how have I managed to miss out for this long?! Thankfully Sacla asked me if I’d like to partner with them on sharing an easy recipe that’s family friendly too which means that I’ve had the chance to try out some of their gorgeous flavours – yum! This chorizo and tomato pesto pasta is easy to make but the inclusion of double cream makes it feel like a real treat too – perfect for a family meal that’s simple to make but tastes super special.
Chorizo and Tomato Pesto Pasta
This gorgeous recipe is taken from Sacla’s book ‘La Famiglia – The Family Book of Pesto’ which includes five new recipes from chef Rachel Allen. This recipe originally appears in the book as Fusilli with Tomato Pesto, Chorizo and Rosemary however for this recipe I’ve omitted the rosemary as I was unable to find any locally – I do love a recipe though where it’s easy to adapt depending on what you can find! With the exception of the rosemary the ingredients for this are as they appear in the book however the instructions are in my own words.
Chorizo and Tomato Pesto Pasta Ingredients
150g Chorizo skinned and cut into 1cm cubes
1 tbsp Olive oil
200ml Double Cream
1/2 Jar Sacla’ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
25g Parmesan, finely grated plus extra for sprinkling
Chorizo and Tomato Pesto Pasta Recipe
Start by bringing the pasta to the boil and cook for 8 minutes or to your taste. While the pasta is cooking fry the chorizo in with the olive oil for a couple of minutes, you want it to look shiny and oily but not browned.
Once the chorizo is cooked add the cream, parmesan and Sacla tomato pesto and mix it together, then bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes.
Mix the cooked pasta with the sauce and serve with extra parmesan.
I loved how easy this dish was to make and I think I’ll have to keep a jar of Sacla tomato pesto in my cupboard at all times in future! Having a jar put away is great for those days when you’re in a rush or you haven’t had the chance to nip to the supermarket but you want something nice to eat that you’ll enjoy too – not just the dredges hidden at the back of the freezer. My son loved the spicy taste of the chorizo in this dish and my daughter is a big fan of pasta and tomato sauce so it was a great choice for her too. Now all we need to do is work our way through the rest of Sacla’s flavours, a challenge I’m rather looking forward to taking on.
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