They add instant flavour to any dish, and they keep really well too.
My mother-in-law lives about an hour away from Margaret River in Perth and every time we go to see her, we would spend a few days at Margaret River. There is this little farm/shop in Margaret River called the Margaret River Venison and they sell the yummiest meat, sausages and a huge variety of smoked and cured meats.
Of course you can substitute this with any type of chorizo.
Since chorizo is very flavourful, you don't need to use a lot of it.
In a heated Dutch oven, I added a little olive oil and sauteed the chorizo. which I had sliced thinly so that both sides were lightly browned. This should take about a minute.
In the same Dutch oven, I added the onions and sauteed that for about one to two minutes, or until the onions turned soft and slightly translucent.
Finally, I checked the seasonings, then add some chilli flakes and chopped Italian parsley.
Serve the dish hot, and top with shaved Parmesan and more chopped parsley.
It's really flavourful and quick and easy to prepare - my idea of a perfect one-pot dinner!
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Penne with Chorizo and Broccoli (Serves 4-6)
100-150g chorizo - I used kangaroo chorizo
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 red pepper, seeds removed and diced
100g brown mushrooms, sliced
1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup chicken or mushroom stock
1 can chopped tomato
1/4 cup tomato puree
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoons pasta seasoning (or a mix of dried basil and oregano)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
500g pasta - I used penne
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1. Fry chorizo in a little olive oil until brown. Remove from oil and place to drain on kitchen towels. Set aside.
2. In the same oil, saute the onion for about 2-3 minutes, until the onion becomes soft and translucent. Add garlic and saute for another 30 seconds.
3. Add red pepper and mushroom. Stir to combine. Season with some salt and pepper. Add broccoli.
4. Add mushroom (or chicken) stock. Return the chorizo into the pan.
5. Add chopped and pureed tomato, bay leaves and pasta seasoning. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's instructions. When cooked, reserve one cup of pasta sauce and drain.
7. Add pasta to the pan, give everything a good stir.
8. Check seasonings, then add Italian parsley and chilli flakes. Mix, and serve immediately.