Family Meals. Chorizo and Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

I love chorizo...like REALLY love chorizo. The spicy smokiness adds a great flavour to pasta and as it is finally becoming a family favourite I can use it as the star of the show instead of sneaking it in here and there! I think with this spicy spaghetti sauce and the cherry tomatoes it all works together to become a really yummy dish...


When I first thought of adding bacon crispy bits to the recipe I actually thought twice about posting this recipe, but actually, it was the bacon crispy bits that excited the monsters the most about this meal, and actually it really adds something to the dish,or at least I think so anyway! I would love to know what you think...


What you need:

250g dried spaghetti
glug of extra virgin olive oil
100g chorizo, diced
100g cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or pepper flakes, if you like more spice!)
1 cup pasta water
Grated parmesan
Handful of basil leaves, chopped


For the crunchy topping:
1 cup breadcrumbs, from any kind of dry bread
1/8 tsp dried herbs
1/4 cup Bacon flavour bits


In case you missed that...
Make your breadcrumbs putting the breadcrumbs and dried herbs in a mixer and browning under the grill, once toasted combine in a bowl with the bacon flavour bits and set them to the side.

Cook your spaghetti according to pack instructions and set aside KEEP THE DRAINED PASTA WATER!

Heat olive oil, on a low heat, and cook the chorizo for a minute. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, carefully not burning them! Add the tomatoes and pepper flakes (the amount will vary according to your taste).Add the pasta water and bring to the boil, then turn off heat and toss the pasta in the mixture. Add parmesan cheese, basil and crispy breadcrumbs and mix well. Serve hot with ciabatta bread and an olive oil and balsamic vinegarette.

Enjoy!








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