Spicy Chorizo and Tomato Pasta

Frugal Chorizo and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Here we are again, yet another delicious recipe inspired by my trip to Spain. As you can tell, I have an exceptional capacity for eating anything remotely Iberian. Happily, this dish, like Patatas Revolconas, reminds one immediately of Spanish cuisine; the culprit in both recipes being paprika. I’m sure that I’ll eventually emerge, with my skin coloured a perfect shade of red and my aura pervaded by a spicy scent, from my love affair with paprika, but today is not that day.

The first time I had this particular dish was in Avila, the closest city to Navalmoral, which is in many ways the Spanish equivalent of Carcassonne – the famous crusading city of Languedoc-Roussillon (formerly Languedoc). My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to lunch when we discovered a restaurant in which one could get three courses and a drink for around 10 euros. Though it turned out that almost every restaurant in the city offered this set-menu, it was too good a deal to pass up. Spicy chorizo and tomato pasta is what I had for my starter and it was followed by a veal entrecote steak, lemon mousse and half a bottle of red – the entire meal was outstanding, though I felt a little criminal for paying only a fraction of what it would have cost in Britain.

To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about preparing this until I took a trip to my local supermarket this afternoon. What convinced me of the necessity to recreate that starter was the discovery of a new line of passata, a carton of which costs a mere 29p – it was the ideal ingredient. I was so enamoured with the notion that I scooted off home and got… busy – it went down a treat. The sauce may have only three ingredients, yet the thickness of the passata and the flavours naturally harboured by the chorizo belie its simplicity and make for an exceedingly rich and flavourful meal. Please enjoy this recipe, yet another great taste of Spain.

For more quick pasta ideas, try my recipes for Cavolo Nero with Pasta and Almonds and Kale and Cabbage Pasta…

Chorizo and Tomato Pasta {recipe}

Serves 3-4


• 100g spicy chorizo

• 400g carton of passata

• 1 tbsp smoked paprika

• 300g pasta


1. Cube the chorizo and begin to gently fry it in a saucepan, save a little for a garnish. Pop the pasta on to boil at this point – this tomato sauce doesn’t need cooking for more than 20 minutes since it doesn’t contain the bitter seeds. Add the paprika to the chorizo, before tipping in the passata.

Frugal Chorizo and Tomato Pasta Recipe

2. The sauce will be done once the pasta is cooked. Season to taste and mix the sauce into the pasta. Serve with a little raw, cubed chorizo.

Frugal Chorizo and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Frugal Chorizo and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Cost: Chorizo is a relatively cheap cured meat, perhaps because of its relative popularity. As such, this entire meal should set one back a mere £1.65 – a rather compelling proposition, I think.

90 comments on “Spicy Chorizo and Tomato Pasta

  1. Margarita
    September 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Chorizo is a tad more expensive in NYC…and we do have Mexican and Spanish to choose from. We prefer the Spanish! 😉

  2. trangquynh
    September 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    your dish looks amazing, the picture is sooooo beautiful too 😉

  3. countrywoodsmoke
    September 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    A stunningly simple meal. The rich russet coloured oil seeping out of the chorizo would add so many levels of flavour.
    Loving your photos, your depth of field control and composition is wonderful and gives a lovely rustic feel to this meal.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Marcus! Exactly, with a little more paprika to back it up. People keep complimenting my photography… perhaps I’ll turn a wonderful shade of paprika… 😀

  4. jojo303
    September 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Your posts are making me burn to return to spain! Although it’s a little farther for me 😉 My favorite tapas are patatas braves and patatas ali oli! Avila is a beautiful town, did you go to Cadiz though? That’s one of my favorites of all time!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Yes, I suppose it must be! I intend to do patatas bravas at some point! Avila is gorgeous – no we didn’t I’m afraid! My girlfriend and I are planning a trip around that area for next year.

  5. sunderlandbrand
    September 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I want to go back to Spain. 🙂

  6. Lesley
    September 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I have just been given a chorizo and I was wondering what to do with it. Now I know! Thank you for posting this.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Look no further! there are other recipes on here that use it too!

  7. westendmaw
    September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This looks great, I’ll have to try that with the carton of passata. Beautiful photos!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks! I’ve fallen in love with passata.

  8. saladcheese
    September 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Chorizo makes almost anything better. Awesome meal!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      I agree completely – I adore the stuff!

  9. petit4chocolatier
    September 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    This looks so delicious! Your pictures are brilliant!

  10. madamecroquette
    September 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Your photography is so stunning!! Great dish!!

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    September 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Wow, that looks awesome. Great photo too. Pasta is great when it’s cooked really simply, just like this.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Greg. It’s very simple, but packs a lot of flavour!

  12. TheSuburbanSoapbox
    September 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    This looks incredible, I can’t wait to try it!

  13. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Looks delicious! Over here we get two sorts of chorizo, the raw ones that need to be cooked, and the ones like salami that can be eaten raw. I think your recipe would be delicious with both (although obviously I’d cook the raw chorizo first before scattering it on top :)).

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Celia! Are you sure they need to be cooked? It isn’t really chorizo if it needs to be cooked…

      • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
        September 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        That’s what the butchers are telling me? Perhaps there are other versions of chorizo other than the Spanish cured one? Or perhaps it’s an Aussie invention.. 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          September 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          Well, since chorizo is a Spanish word I can’t imagine there are non Spanish version of chorizo… I just find the whole concept very strange is all. Isn’t charcuterie, by definition, a cured meat that therefore doesn’t really need cooking? Perhaps I’m wrong… Are you sure it isn’t made with roo?

  14. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    September 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    This looks absolutely decadent! So rich and tasty. I can’t wait to test it out. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks, it really does pack a lot of flavour!

  15. The West Coast Muse
    September 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I am a vegetarian, so I will try it with “soyrizo” instead. From what I have read, Passata is not that easy to find in the states. I bet I can find it online though. Apparently Pomi does put out a brand of it.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      That’s a good idea! You could just use tinned chopped tomatoes.

  16. Inge
    September 10, 2012 at 12:28 am

    It’s watering my mouth already. 😀
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Don’t dribble! I’m glad you liked it!

  17. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy
    September 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Beautiful post and some of my favorite ingredients…I use a lot of chorizo around here. Your Spanish inspirations are divine!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks! There are a few more where they came from!

  18. lorrielorrieb
    September 10, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Now that is comfort food at its best!!

  19. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    September 10, 2012 at 3:12 am

    We were in Spain recently, and have fond places in our hearts for Spanish food too.
    BUT anger at the airport lady, who confiscated my Spanish olive oil at the airport.
    On a happier note, I look forward to trying your lovely recipe.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Oh no! Should have just packed it into your luggage!

  20. Clarisse Shaina
    September 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Anytime someone says pasta and tomatoes in one breathe, I am in! I love tomato sauce-based pastas. 😀

  21. Shira
    September 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

    This post is almost making me want to eat chorizo Nick – it looks exceptionally satisfying and delicious! Great to see so many recipes & inspiration coming! It’s impressive!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      I think you should :D. Thanks, Shira! I do try 😀

  22. movita beaucoup
    September 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

    It is pouring with rain here – coming down by the bucketful. This sort of day requests a pasta such as this – one that will warm you up from the inside out!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Exactly, Movita! It’s starting to rain pretty frequently here too…

  23. egg me on
    September 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Look at that stick of chorizo! Can I just nibble on that?? I mean, the pasta looks great too. But come on!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I did! Don’t worry… there’ll be more chorizo soon 😀

  24. Sasha
    September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I blogged about a sort of similar dish last week! http://chezsasha.com/2012/09/05/cape-cod-pasta/
    I imagine using spicy chorizo would yield a better result though.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I’ll check it out! You must give it a go 😀

  25. katonasoapbox
    September 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This is on our menu for this week! I can’t wait! Passata was even on offer in Waitrose. If only I had Mr Frugal on hand to cook it… I’m sure the mother will be a more than satisfactory stand-in though.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Good woman! :D. I hear your parents liked it (you told me) – she totally isn’t 😀

  26. Korena in the Kitchen
    September 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    This sounds so good! I’m definitely adding smoked paprika to my next batch of tomato pasta sauce 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      You should – the flavour it imparts is exceptional.

  27. accordingtocarey
    September 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Looks so delicious!

  28. cookinginsens
    September 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I like the chorizo photo.

  29. ledavis89
    September 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    This looks delicious!!!

  30. Bam's Kitchen
    September 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The 4 ingredient little wonder.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      It had so much flavour for a meal with 4 ingredients.

  31. nurulthecook
    September 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Looks totally delicious!! I’ll have to wait till I’m back in Europe for the Chorizo…or better still, my next trip to Spain!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks! Do they not sell it where you are? If not, that’s such a shame. Then again, it’s always better to get chorizo from Spain itself 😀

      • nurulthecook
        September 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        I’m sure they do….but anything not from around here is ridiculously expensive! And the choice of food from around here is humungous!!!!

        • frugalfeeding
          September 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

          Oh fair enough, where do you live… roughly?

          • nurulthecook
            September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm


          • frugalfeeding
            September 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

            Did not expect that… but I see your predicament…

  32. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    September 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

    This looks divine….chorizo good with anything! 🙂

  33. bellacorea
    September 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Chorizo spicyness is just wonderful and with penne… They can not go wrong! I love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Exactly – this really was utterly delicious.

  34. Turmeric and Twine
    September 21, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Looks yummy! I would love to make my own chorizo some day. Curing is a lot of work, but seems very gratifying. Cheers!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, so would I… perhaps I shall 🙂

  35. Cindy Green
    September 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am not eating as much pasta as i used to but think I could substitute beans into this sauce with the chorizo and it would be great too! I am with you on how amazing chorizo is, my favourite cured meat. I use it in everything from soups to sauces to egg dishes.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Yes, that’s a good idea! Nothing wrong with a little pasta though. Chorizo is spectacular!

  36. Laura
    September 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    chorizo plus pasta has to be delicious! must try…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Oh yes. They make such a good combination!

  37. Cheryl Norman
    September 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I share your love of Iberian cuisine and plan to try this recipe. Chorizo tastes great and is one of my favorite sausage flavors.

  38. cindy knoke
    October 9, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Oh my this looks wonderful! I love looking at all this great food, but it make me HUNGRY!
    Thanks for posting,

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      thanks so much! You’d better eat something!

  39. buttbellyboobs
    January 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Made a batch for my lunches this week. Had first one today and it was lush! Thanks for sharing a simple and easy tasty recipe 🙂

  40. Jason Rice MD
    October 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    This looks fantastic! I will have to try this – I love chorizo, and I use smoked paprika all the time. So happy I stumbled onto your blog!

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