It's mid-week. Last weekend is a distant memory and next week seems like an age away. The fridge is looking sad and depleted but you and the family are hungry and need a delicious, nourishing and uplifting dinner - with no fuss.
Here's an idea for a super quick meal - it's a tasty, spicy sauce to serve with your favourite pasta. And how many ingredients make up this lifesaver dinner? Four ... yes, four ... and that includes the pasta too.
Chorizo and Tomato Pasta brings together the mellow, paprika spiciness of chorizo; soft onions for texture and sweet, vibrant tomatoes. Chorizo has a shelf life of 'very nearly forever' so it's a good thing to have stashed at the back of the fridge. When it cooks, it gives out a beautiful, rich, red oil and the blend of herbs and spices from the meat combine effortlessly with the other ingredients. The result? ... a taste that suggests you've been clever in the kitchen. Remember to save a cup or two of the starchy pasta water, once the cooking has finished - a little of this added to the sauce will help to create a silky sauce that will coat the pasta beautifully.
Using chopped, tinned tomatoes that already contain herbs is another 'no fuss' tip.
And if you don't mind, I'm going to sneak in an optional(!) fifth ingredient, as it's between friends - a little chopped parsley to sprinkle over the finished dish. It may be mid-week but we need a little va-va-voom to get us through to the weekend. Enjoy!
And if you fancy reading about what happened when two teenagers tackled making Chorizo and Tomato Pasta for the family, you can read about it here.Print