This is a fantastic Baked Penne with Chorizo. I used some fresh chorizo which are full of flavors and they tastes really good with the penne. I added the penne with mozzarella cheese after cooking the meat mixture, and topped it with some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Hmmm…sounds like a good comfort food, doesn’t it?
Baked Penne With Chorizo
1 Box (500g) Penne
500 g Fresh Spicy (Hot) Pork Chorizo, casing removed
1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
1 Can 28oz Diced Tomato, drained
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
½ tsp Dried Oregano
2 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
½ Cup White Wine
300 g Mozzarella Cheese, grated
120 g Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, grated
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
Cook the penne as per manufacturer instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
In a large pan over moderate to high heat, cook the chorizo with olive oil. Break the meat apart with a spatula and reduce the heat to low. Then toss in the onion and garlic. Season the mixture with oregano, basil, pepper flakes, sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
Add diced tomato, tomato paste, and white wine and bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and cook until the sauce is fairly thick.
Mix the meat mixture with pasta, mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese and stir until well combine. Transfer the mixture to baking dish and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.