Easy Chorizo and Tomato Penne

Finally, the weekend is here!  It feels like it has been a very long week and I am feeling totally exhausted.  A busy week at work, Little Whisk coming into our bed in the middle of the night, and ongoing problems with leaking pipes in the house have all made it a bit of a stressful week.  I am READY for the weekend.  Somebody please pass the wine!!

Like most people when I am tired I crave carbs and tonight this easy and flavoursome pasta is exactly what I fancy.  I can't claim credit for this recipe, it is adapted from a dish first cooked for me by my best friend Kim, but I think it was originally created by her sister Pam.  We have all been friends for over twenty years so many recipes have been shared and adapted over the years.  It doesn't contain typical Italian flavours, with chorizo sausage and feta cheese, but believe me when I tell you that it works!


Serves 6


5 Tbsp Olive oil

250g Dry cured chorizo sausage, diced

1 Onion, diced

2 Cloves of garlic, crushed

4 Tbsp Tomato Puree

1/2 Tbsp Chilli paste, or to taste depending on how spicy you would like it.  Can also be substituted for 1/2 Tsp chilli powder

1 Tsp Paprika

10 Large sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

100g Black olives, sliced

500g Dried Penne

200g Feta cheese


  1. Put on a large pan of salted water to boil for the pasta.  When the water is boiling cook the penne to the pack instructions.
  2. Whilst cooking the pasta heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the diced chorizo for 5 minutes or until it is starting to brown slightly, and the red oil is coming out of the sausage and combining with the olive oil.  Add the onion and fry for another 5 minutes until softened.  Add the garlic and fry for another few minutes.
  3. Mix the tomato puree with the chilli paste and paprika and add to the pan.  Stir.  Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and olives and heat through.  
  4. Once the pasta is cooked al dente drain, reserving some of the cooking water.  Add a little of the pasta water to the frying pan and mix to loosen up the sauce.  
  5. Add the pasta to the frying pan and toss to coat the pasta in the sauce.
  6. Crumble the feta using a fork and sprinkle over the pasta.

Such a simple and quick pasta dish but oh so tasty!  Serve with some crusty bread and a large glass of red wine!  

Enjoy the weekend :).