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Chorizo penne with cherry tomatoes, green olive tapenade & young salad leaves

on 14/03/2009

I just love pasta dishes like this ! This is an easy pasta dish full of lovely combined flavours! It takes 15 minutes to make & it is healthy too!
The original recipe is from Jo Pratt! She is one of my favorite cooks!!! I adapted the recipe to my taste!! So, here we go!
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Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds
about 350 gr of penne
125 gr of sliced chorizo/ I slice the chorizo really thin because I like it that way!
green olive tapenade / I bought it in the supermarket: about 2 to 3 tablespoons
250 gr of cherry tomatoes, cleaned, cut into 2
2 teaspoons of the best Balsamic vinegar
 100 gr of young fresh salad leaves, which include rocket leaves
A few grinds of black pepper
Olive oil
1. Take a large cooking pot & fill with hot water. Bring to the boil. When boiling, add the penne & cook until al dente. With me, that took 13 minutes. Drain. Keep warm.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large non-stick pan on a medium high heat. When the pan is really hot, add a drop or 2 of the olive oil to the hot pan. Swirl the oil around. Heat up.
3. Now, add the cut up chorizo slices in 1 layer to the pan. Fry until crisp! Adapt the heat if necessary!
4. Now, add the tomatoes & the balsamic vinegar. Stir wel.Cook for 1 minute or 2 until the tomatoes start to break down. Turn the heat off.
5. When the pasta is ready & drained, add the 2 or 3 tablespoons of the green olive tapenade to the pot. Stir. Now, add the fried chorizo & the fried tomatoes to the pot. Stir well to combine. Taste. I added 3 grinds of black pepper to the pot. Taste again. It has to taste fab!! Because the tapenade is a bit salty!
6. Finally, add the young salad leaves. Serve immediately!
Enjoy!!! MMMMMMM……..I asure you that you want more,…….!!!

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90 responses to “Chorizo penne with cherry tomatoes, green olive tapenade & young salad leaves

  1. Manon says:

    MMMMMM…Sophie!!! This pasta dish looks SUPERB!!! Thanks!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This dish looks really yummie , Sophie!!

  3. Sounds fantastic with the cherry tomatoes and green olive tapenade! I could eat pasta for every meal.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I dont have many pasta recipes in my files, but this is a keeper!

  5. doggybloggy says:

    beautiful recipe – and you write fine – I didnt mean to make you feel bad

  6. Grace says:

    15 minutes? to get this color and flavor and healthiness into my belly? awesome. 🙂

  7. Looks delicious!I have pasta for dinner a few nights a week (working in an Italian restaurant is just like that)… You can bet that on Monday night, I’ll be making a variation on this! This would be fabulous with some white beans thrown in!!

  8. Lo says:

    This looks positively fabulous. Just the type of pasta that uses up a bit of what’s left in the fridge — and tastes absolutely fabulous! YUM.

  9. zerrin says:

    I love all kinds of pasta and this one seems so tasty… Adding balsamic vinegar is a great idea!

  10. Peter M says:

    Sophie, I like how you show off the Chorizo in this dish. It tastes wonderfully and no one will wonder why this pasta tastes so good!

  11. Talita says:

    Yummm, I don’t eat it but I’m desiring more and more…

  12. Delicious looking pasta Sophie! I admit I’m a sucker for chorizo anything. I like how simple it is too 🙂

  13. This pasta sounds wonderful with Chorizo – yum!

  14. Sounds great! I love Chorizo!

  15. Donna-FFW says:

    This looks just beautiful. I love the flavors in this dish, and yes, I will be wanting more!!

  16. Maris says:

    This sounds really good – it’s funny, I don’t like olives at all, but for some reason I like olive tapenade! Maybe it’s the texture of the olives that I don’t go for but I just can’t stand them! Yet, olive flavored is A-OK!

  17. Gattina says:

    Sophie, what a nice coincidience… I just made a chorizo pasta the other night. Yes, I still want more, the one like yours… yummm!

  18. Tom says:

    MMMMM…Chorizo is the best & so is this pasta dish!!!

  19. Kevin says:

    That looks tasty!

  20. That seems hearty and delicious. YUM!!

  21. Sara says:

    This sounds really yummy. I love pasta with sausage.

  22. I have some chorizo in the freezer that I’ve been wondering what to do with! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  23. Reeni♥ says:

    My mouth is watering! This is so creative and delicious!!! YUMMMMMMMYY!!!!

  24. Koko says:

    Looks beautiful Sophie!!!!!

  25. We’re on the same chorizo plane! I love this sausage and I love how you’ve combined it with this pasta!

  26. Esi says:

    Oh yum, sausage and pasta go together so incredibly well!

  27. gaga says:

    Yum, I love all things chorizo!

  28. Oh Sophie I could eat the whole thing. I love the chorizo with the pasta!

  29. This looks wonderful. I just love chorizo! Slicing it very thin like that really helps it go farther, in terms of flavoring the dish.

  30. Miette says:

    Wow! Very nice ! It is mouthwatering !Cheers,Miette

  31. Grace says:

    so are young salad leaves REALLY that much better than middle-aged? :)beautiful dish, sophie–it’s full of goodness.

  32. Pam says:

    What an excellent meal! I love the chorizo – so much flavor.

  33. This looks great! I love chorizo but hardly use it. Thanks for the inspiration to pick some up!

  34. Emily says:

    Simple pasta dishes are delicious and so comforting! Looks wonderful.

  35. duodishes says:

    This is a flavor blaster! Spicy chorizo, sweet tomatoes, salty olives. You hit every taste bud.

  36. Cynthia says:

    This is meal I’d like to come home to, often.

  37. Selba says:

    This pasta definitely looks so yummy!

  38. clémence says:

    ça me plaît énormément ! c’est sûr que je vais tester…

  39. I am going to do a pasta dish with chorizo today! Looks so yummy!

  40. Olga says:

    what a perfect every day meal! i’d definitely ask for seconds.

  41. Daziano says:

    Salame is one of my favs, so you can tell I die for chorizo!!! Nice recipe!

  42. Chorizo is such a full bodied sausage, I would love to try this because I love chorizo and tapenade! Another great idea Sophie!

  43. looks great, and easy to make. A winner.

  44. Jan says:

    I love this type of pasta dish, so quick and easy, and I’m sure it tasted wonderful. It certainly looks good.Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you will call again.

  45. This looks so delicious! I love any kind of pasta with sausage. So glad that you found my site – yours is just wonderful as well. And congrats on your award!!

  46. Ben says:

    Hmm that looks amazing! I love pasta dishes like that, too. They are so easy to make, good for you and inexpensive. Good job!

  47. Kat says:

    ohh, this looks great Sophie, I’m bookmarking this for my new-found pasta addiction 🙂

  48. nina says:

    I love all the flavors you have used here, Sophie!!! My little ones LOVE pasta and this recipe would definitely be added to our paste recipe “portfolio”! Thx for sharing!

  49. Man this looks good, some of my favorite flavors. Thanks and thanks for the comments that led me to your blog!

  50. Chef Chuck says:

    What time is dinner ?? Great Pasta!

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