It doesn’t matter the type of pasta you use, the magic in this recipe lies in the balance of sweet and spicy! This fabulous dish is quick and easy to make, and perfect for any day of the week.

We wanted to include this recipe here, thinking as the holidays are approaching, we need faster and easier on some days. This one is fast, easy–especailly if you use my favourite magical One Pot with steamer adjustment–and incredibly delicious. You will love it!

About chorizo sausage, there are two types. Spanish chorizo is smoked and dry-cured and can be sliced and added directly to a dish without pre-cooking. Mexican chorizo, made of fresh pork, is sold in links and must be cooked before adding to a dish. To cook, remove casing and crumble into skillet to brown. If you can't find chorizo, Italian sausage works as well.

The salad we chose is easy as well, with a few quick chops, swirls of vinegar and olive oil, and a toss before serving.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 package (1 pound) penne
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Spanish chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup good quality chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, chilled

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 piece (3 ounces) Parmesan cheese, shaved

Tomato, cucumber, and onion salad

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced

  • 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • White wine vinegar, to drizzle

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle

  • Coarse salt and cracked black pepper


For salad, chop vegetables and set aside in serving bowl.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1 cup water, and return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, garlic and tomatoes and cook 3 minutes.
Stir in chicken stock and cook 3 minutes. Add drained pasta, 1/4 cup reserved pasta water and cook another 4 minutes or until pasta absorbs sauce. Mix in butter and basil; toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve immediately. 

Meanwhile drizzle olive oil and vinegar onto salad, season, toss and serve.