That time of life when you question the meaninglessness of gyms, stare at your sad plate of wilting salad and hear the lovelorn cries of bread ignored into the icy depths of your freezer.
You stare out at the bleak weather outside, wonder why March is freezing cold and why you can’t break free of your grossly regimented dull routine for just once. You stare at your thighs and get back to pushing salad in your mouth; suddenly it hits you like a brick that you have but one life, and possible reincarnations won’t necessarily bring you back as human because you’ve kind of ignored Karma all your life.
No time to waste, you have a lot of catching up to do. Make peace with yourself and earnestly promise an extra hour of aerobics, that is if you ever shake yourself out of this fabulous food induced slumber.
No laughing matter this, you need to gratify your insides with something comforting, something meaty and something carbs..and this is exactly where this chorizo and tomato spaghetti comes into existence.
Very recently I’d chanced upon some seductive chorizo, beckoning me with their naked meaty plumpness and I had no choice but to give in to their pleas and buy them without a second thought. These were raw and not those paprika coloured cured red ones, but did I care?
This recipe happens to be just one of those miracle cures when even the thought of salad makes you want to hurl, and making a bowl of this is easier than chopping vegetables for your salad.
the ingredients for this are oh so simple.Just spaghetti or any pasta you love, chorizo sausages, chopped onions and garlic, tomato pulp (or use chopped tomatoes), paprika, garlic powder, salt, sugar and oregano.
note:- this tomato pulp is really just fresh tomatoes cooked for a few minutes and skinned and mashed.
Take the chorizo out of their casings .
heat some butter and oil
add in the skinned bits of chorizo
break them into smaller bits using a wooden spoon
cook for a couple of minutes until they very lightly brown, you don’t have to bother about cooking them completely at this stage.
add in the chopped onions and garlic and stir them well, cooking for just about a minute or so
add in the tomatoes
followed by paprika, oregano, garlic powder and sugar
cover and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes on medium low heat, keep stirring occasionally and add a tasblespoon of water if it sticks to the bottom.
look at this fabulous transformation after 20 minutes.
add in your cooked spaghetti.
and a bit of this pasta cooking water.
to not only thin the sauce, but also to ensure that each spaghetti strand is coated with the sauce and the starches in the water helps bind and make a slicker coating for better taste.
Chorizo sausages uncooked: 450 g
Tomato pulp/ chopped tomatoes – 350 g (3 medium sized tomatoes)
Onion- 1 medium size
garlic- 3 cloves
paprika- 1 tsp
garlic powder- 1/2 tsp
sugar- 1 tsp
black pepper- 1/4 tsp
Butter- 1 tsp
olive oil- 2 tsp
Remove the chorizo from their casings and cook in a pan with olive oil and butter. Break the chorizo into smaller pieces using your wooden spoon and after a minute of cooking add in the chopped onion and garlic.
cook for another minute and add in the tomatoes, paprika, salt, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and sugar and stir to combine. Lower the heat and cover and cook for another 20-25 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally and if it gets too dry, add in some water but don’t thin the sauce.
After 25 minutes add the cooked pasta to the chorizo sauce and 200 mls (3/4th cup) of pasta cooking water. Mix well and serve hot.
Note*- if you’re using cured chorizo then you can reduce the cooking time.
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