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Chorizo, Rosemary & Tomato Pesto Fusilli

Chorizo, Rosemary & Tomato Pesto Fusilli

This hearty pasta recipe from Rachel Allen is a delight. The key is heating the chorizo just enough to release its spicy paprika richness. Mixed with Sacla' Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and cream, the sauce clings majestically to the fusilli.
Profile Serves: 4
Icon/Time On the table in: 35 mins
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Ingredients

  • 400g Fusilli pasta
    • 150g chorizo, skinned and cut into 1cm cubes
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 200ml double cream
    • ½ jar Sacla’ Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
    • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
    • 25g Parmesan, finely grated plus extra for sprinkling
    • Salt & pepper to taste 

Method

  1. Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta, return to the boil and cook for about 8 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, put the chorizo in a cool pan with the olive oil, then place on a low-to-medium heat and cook for just a couple of minutes until the chorizo starts to look shiny and oily. Don’t brown the chorizo as it can burn easily, just soften it.
  3. Add the cream, Tomato Pesto, chopped rosemary and the grated Parmesan, mixing well. Bring to the boil, and cook for a couple of minutes until it’s all blended together beautifully. Season to taste.
  4. Drain the pasta but reserve 150ml/5floz of the cooking water as this is very useful for adding to the pasta sauce if it becomes too thick, or stirring into the pasta itself if you're waiting for the sauce to cook and the pasta starts to stick.
  5. Finally, combine the pasta and sauce over a medium heat and stir gently, adding some pasta cooking water if it needs loosening. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.
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