Friday Food: Red Pepper, chilli and Chorizo Pasta

There’s nothing fancy about this week’s Friday Food but as so many of you mentioned quick easy midweek meals I thought I’d share something that we eat nearly every week in the Norris Household. I can’t take any credit for it… it’s Pete who makes it, and I virtually beg him to. It’s not a special dish, I just love the ingredients and the flavours and while I don’t profess to being any kind of whizz in the kitchen, maybe it will inspire you to create something similar. The dish also happens to be made from basic store cupboard ingredients that you’ll often find in your kitchen. I once read the intro to a Delia Smith book in which she said she ‘always had capers in her larder’ and an amorous fan wrote in to say she could come and caper in his larder anytime! Well, I always keep a chorizo in mine and this is often what it turns into…

Red and/or yellow peppers, sliced (I prefer the long sweet ones)
Half a Chorizo sliced
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 carton of pasata
A handful of sliced mushrooms
1 onion, sliced
1 red chilli, chopped and with or without the seeds, to taste.
1 stick of celery
2 garlic cloves
We also had some bacon lardons that needed using up that got thrown in, and if I ever make this dish, I add a couple of drained dessert spoons of capers, just because I like them!
A handful of basil leaves is also good, if you have them in, but it’s just as good if you don’t.


  • Start off with the chorizo and on a medium heat brown it and release the fat with all the flavours.
  • Add in the peppers, onions, celery, chilli and later the mushrooms. Sweat them down on a lower heat with the pan lid on, stirring occasionally, allowing them to sweeten and soften.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and pasata and allow to thicken slightly whilst you are cooking the pasta.
  • Serve the sauce with the pasta mixed through it, piled high in warmed pasta dishes and with a few shavings of fresh parmesan on top.

What are you making this weekend readers?


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22 thoughts on “Friday Food: Red Pepper, chilli and Chorizo Pasta

  1. Thank you Rebecca. I’ve been trying to find new mid week meals for Martin and I and this fits the bill beautifully. And this weekend I’ll be making steak with a stilton sauce. Oh yeah!

    Happy Friday everyone! xoxo

  2. Oh this is a fab one! Love Chorizo! Was thinking I might make a good old Victoria Sponge for Brother in Laws birthday! Slightly retro but a classic! x

  3. Yum! I love pasta but always eat far too much!

    This weekend we’re at my parents down south and we’ve said we will cook for them so we’re going to make smoked haddock and leek risotto is is super easy but totally delicious!

  4. Mmm that looks yummy and not too fussy to make. I’m making my first ever meat and potato pie this weekend – i could not be any more northern if i tried!

  5. That sounds delish! Link already sent to the hubby.

    This weekend I will be cooking up a storm as we’re throwing a retirement party for my Dad. We’ve already made the puds (cheesecake, millionaires shortbread and portuguese tarts – all very easy) and tonight is the side dishes – the best pasta/pesto you’ve ever had, Tom’s famous potato salad and winter coleslaw. And then tomorrow morning will see us marinating and roasting chickens before blending some yummy alcohol-free cocktails. Wish me luck!


  6. Morning girls! Yay – i thought this would be a bit of a flop – presentation could have been better! (Cue tense conversation with Pete when I’m taking photos and trying to get him to ‘artistically drape’ the pasta and getting a ‘do you want to eat or not?’ look back from him!)

    Rachie – nothing wrong with a Victoria sponge – it’s my favourite!
    Victoria and Em – ditto – I’m so lazy when Pete’s not there.
    Laura and Esme – I’m seconding the call for the recipes – please do send them in!
    And Em – You’ve got to love a pie up ‘Norf’! 🙂

    This is a good start to the weekend!

  7. Cooking for my sister & her family this Sunday. I’m going to make the Jaffa Cakes for tea time. Think it will be a tagine & chocolate cheesecake for lunch.

  8. Oh my, this looks yummy!!! Unfortunately the boy suffers from bad heartburn so he has to stay away from things like chorizo. I think I’ll be making myself this next time he goes off for a night with his friends though!

    I’m not sure what I’ll make this weekend but I did make my first ever Shepherd’s pie last night in honour of St David’s Day. It was very tasty (if I may say so myself).

    Rachie – I made a huge victoria sponge cake for my birthday to bring to work. I love victoria sponge!

  9. Making me very hungry! A version of this is what we practically lived when we were in Spain last year self-catering. So easy and chorizo is so yummy, but haven’t made it for ages so good reminder, thanks!

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