Spinach And Chorizo Red Pesto Penne. A healthy pasta dish with spinach, tomatoes and chorizo sausage, smothered in a flavourful red pesto sauce. On the table in 20 minutes!
500g (5 cups) dried penne pasta
190g (1 cup) jar red pesto
200g (5 cups) fresh spinach
350g (1.5 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
200g (2 cups) chorizo sausage, chopped into small chunks
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or chopped very finely
1 teaspoon sea salt
Heat a large pan of salted water. When the water has reached a rolling boil, add the dried pasta and cook according to the instructions on the packet (usually 10-12 minutes) until the pasta is ‘al dente’ (still slightly firm).
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic. Gently fry for 1 minute. Do not allow the garlic to burn.
Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the chorizo and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Add the spinach and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until wilted.
Drain the cooked pasta, but retain a few tablespoons of the water the pasta was cooked in. Return the pasta to the saucepan along with the water.
Add the red pesto to the cooked pasta and stir through while heating gently.
Add the spinach, tomatoes and chorizo to the pasta and mix well to combine.
Recipe by Olive Tree Kitchen at http://olivetreekitchen.com/spinach-chorizo-red-pesto-penne/