Creamy chorizo and vegetable pasta

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I have just made this for dinner and we liked it so much I thought you might like it too! I needed a quick dinner tonight and these are the ingredients I had in the fridge. It’s pretty basic but one of those dishes that is tasty and filling and you can cook it up in a matter of minutes.

What you will need for your pasta dish (serves 4)

1 red onion chopped

Olive/ rapeseed oil

2 gloves of garlic

Chorizo cut into bite size chunks

1 red pepper chopped

1 medium courgette chopped into chunks

6 mushrooms chopped into chunks

1 medium tin chopped tomatoes

Salt / pepper / chilli flakes

2 tablespoons mascarpone (or cream cheese)

Pasta, I used spirals but use whatever you like and cook as much as you need in plenty of salted boiling water

How to make your pasta dish

1. Put a pan of salted water on to boil ready for the pasta. Pasta usually takes around 10 mins ( check the oacket for cooking times) so when your frying the main bulk of the veg you can put the pasta onto cook.

2. Heat a splash of olive/rapeseed oil in a frying pan and add your chopped onion, fry on a medium heat until soft add the crushed garlic, chorizo, courgettes, mushrooms and red pepper. Fry for 5- 10 mins until the vegetables are coated in the chorizo oils and are a little coloured.

3. Add the tin of tomatoes and cook until the sauce starts to thicken, add salt pepper and chilli flakes if you like them. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the pasta cooking water ( this gives the sauce a nice gloss) finally add the mascarpone and stir, check your seasoning and take off heat.

4. Drain the pasta and serve. You can garnish with some basil, we also like to sprinkle some grated cheese on top.

This is a good start to making your own pasta sauces, so much better for you than the jars. Putting lots of fresh veg in gives you a healthy meal and by adding things like garlic, chilli and chorizo you get some great flavours. Have fun experimenting.

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