Mediterranean Fusili with Spicy Tomato-Pesto Sauce
…and chorizo, red onions, cherry tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese
This dish reminds of my summer getaway to the beautiful island of Procida in Italy. Almost every day we would walk to a local shop to do a small grocery and buy a sandwich. They had all these delicious Italian meat in their display counter where one can choose whatever they like. I would order all kind of different meat combination in one sandwich as the owner continuously kept shaking his head in disbelief. I became that girl with the weird food choice. That is when I started to learn about the different tastes of Mediterranean meat. That, and the fact that my lovely boyfriend has an obsession with chorizo.
So I decided to give this combination a try. I remember serving this pasta to my mum and her boyfriend when they visited me. How their faces lit up and how everyone enjoyed every bite just filled me with joy. This dish embodies the whole Italian spirit of serving a big pan with pasta, so everyone can eat as much as they like. It is all about that moment when everyone gathers around the table and the food makes people want to stay there as well.
- 400 gr fusilli (or another type of pasta)
- 250 gr dried chorizo halved
- 1 can diced tomatoes in tomato sauce
- 250 gr cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp red pesto
- 1 red onion in half rings
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chilli pepper (or more/less to taste)
- 100 gr shredded mozzarella cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Cook the pasta in boiling water with a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil
In a non-sticking pan add some olive oil and cook the onions and tomatoes on high heat until soft. Add then the chorizo and cook for 5 more minutes.
Add the tomato can, red pesto, garlic powder, chilli pepper and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Finish it off with salt and pepper and 75 grammes of mozzarella cheese.
Strain the pasta, add it to the sauce and mix everything well. Serve the pasta and add some cheese on top.
Easy and yummy! Now go enjoy it…