Chorizo and Pepper Pasta Bake

Easy tasty after school/work supper

This is another recipe taken from BBC’s Good Food, called Spicy Pepper Penne but to be honest, it’s the chorizo that gives the pasta bake its tasty flavour (that and the Parmesan crust),  and you don’t need to use penne. So I think Chorizo and Pepper Pasta Bake more apt.spciy chorizo and pepper and pasta bake

This time it’s from their Healthy Eating Cookbook. (We’re still working off some of the excesses of Christmas). However, for Boy with his high-calorie, high-fat needs, I drop in an extra portion of cheese to his “share”.

If you want to be even-more health conscious, try substituting the chorizo with chopped anchovies.

To make Chorizo and Pepper Pasta Bake, you’ll need-

  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 300 gr penne or similar pasta
  • 3 red/yellow/orange peppers
  • sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 large tablespoonful breadcrumbs
  • 100gr/4oz plain flour
  • 100 gr sliced chorizo
  • 300ml/1/2 pt milk (I used full fat, but semi-skimmed is fine and lowers the fat content)
  • 50 gr grated Parmesan
  • 2 cans (800gr) chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • olive oil
  • Cheddar cheese crumbled (optional if you want to make it richer and add calories).

Making the pasta bake is very easy and takes about 10 minutes to make, plus 20 minutes in the oven.

  1. First, preheat the oven to 200 c, fan 180 c, Gas Mark 6.peppers and onion in frying pan
  2. Cut the onions into wedges,  and slice the peppers (discard the pips and white pulp). Chop the Rosemary and garlic. Cut up the chorizo into small dice sized pieces.
  3. Fry the peppers and onion in a pan with a slug of olive oil until they are soft and tender and starting to turn god, then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and chorizo.
  5. Season if desired and remove from the heat.
  6. Meanwhile cook the pasta until tender but firm to bite (BBC GF say use penne, but no hard or fast rules on this).
  7. Drain well, add to the sauce and mix well. Add the mixture to a shallow casserole or oven proof baking dish (oil the sides and bottom of the dish first…I always brush with a brush or piece of kitchen roll dipped in olive oil).
  8. Mix together the rosemary, breadcrumbs and Parmesan, then sprinkle over the top of the dish.Drizzle a little oil over the top.
  9. Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Voila Chorizo and Pepper Pasta Bake.

This recipe serves four generously and has approximately 24gr of fat a serving.

For CFers, add grated cheese to part (or all) of the Pasta Bake to increase the fat content. To lower the fat content, substitute the chorizo with anchovies, chopped olives or capers and go easy on the Parmesan.

Best enjoyed with a side salad and a glass of red wine!

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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12 Responses to Chorizo and Pepper Pasta Bake

  1. TheBoyandMe says:

    Wow, that’s laden with colour and texture. And looks naughty but it *is* healthy? Result!

    Nipping over from #TastyTuesdays.

  2. This sounds lovely! I love the flavours that chorizo add to dishes! #TastyTuesdays

  3. Honest Mum says:

    Wow this looks like heartwarming grub and love your extreme close up’s too! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • sarah says:

      Thanks. I know I am working on my photography and presentation techniques. It’s mainly to hide the fact that I don’t have matching crockery….must unpack those boxes.

  4. Mel says:

    This is such a colourful recipe! I absolutely love chorizo with pasta and have never made pasta bake before… I will probably give it a go! Mel #recipeoftheweek #TastyTuesdays

  5. Coombemill says:

    Looks like a great family meal idea #TastyTuesday

  6. Looks great. I love chorizo so this is a recipe I’d like to try.

  7. cheryoncake says:

    Mmm, I love chorizo and this recipe looks great. I would never have thought it was “healthy” but given that it is, that’s a bonus. I shall be making it very soon – thank you !

  8. Sounds great and looks full of flavour and goodness! Thank you for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. It’s always appreciated :) I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a new linky just gone live – would love you to join in x

  9. Ooh that looks and sounds delicious! You can’t beat the combination of chorizo, cheese and pasta :-)

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