This Instant Pot Chorizo Pasta came about
- Chopped tomatoes or passata
- My vegetable stock paste concentrate
Cooking gammon in the Instant Pot is easy, painless and, above all, tasty. Instant Pot ham though is not great for my waist line as I seem to snack on it all day (particularly good dipped in Quirky Cooking’s BBQ Sauce if you haven’t glazed it!). In my defence, it’s really, really nice and well, it’s there in the fridge, all I have to do is pinch a bit.
There are two ways of cooking Instant Pot ham, all details here….
This All-in-One Pressure Cooker Sausage and Tomato Pasta was improvised today in the Instant Pot for the little Tapita’s dinner, it went down so well that I thought I’d share it with you all. Even better, there are leftovers.
The little Tapita very excitedly proclaimed that the sauce and the pasta taste like dumplings. She’s very into dumplings since we have a dumpling man at Ely Market on Saturdays.
I used Heck’s Chicken Italia sausages, they are very thin, like chipolatas, if you are using thicker sausages, make sure you fry them really well otherwise they may not be quite cooked in the short time it takes to cook the pasta.
I have another one pot pasta recipe for the Instant Pot right here. And a fabulous Mac and Cheese recipe here. Soon I’ll publish my one pot Tuna Pasta too. All my Instant Pot recipes are right here, all with UK ingredients and measurements.
Ready for the recipe?…
I needed a quick dinner tonight and it had to be seafood. I absolutely love seafood. This One Pot Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Seafood Pasta is very tasty, rather easy and also rather farfetchedly in the style of a quick Spanish fideuá, with thicker pasta.…
The eponymous Jayson of Jayson’s Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Mac and Cheese is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas community. A member of both my Facebook groups (Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas and Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas), he is is known as the Master of all Gadgets. He is in fact one of the peeps who first introduced us to the Instant Pot by regularly mentioning it in the Thermo Cooking group.
I make this Macaroni Cheese in the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 as that is the pressure cooker I have but you can adapt it to any pressure cooker really.
This Mac and Cheese is really really good and so so easy to make, you won’t believe just how easy in fact. He is American so he clearly knows his Mac and Cheese!
I have made it twice and I have added my tips and UK measurements as his recipe was in cups.
Jayson says: It works every time. You don’t need to use stock, you can just use water as long as it’s 3 cups! The paprika can be left out or replaced with wasabi! Which is also good!!
If you think it makes too much: first wait until you taste it, then think that you can freeze it in portions and reheat on the stove if you add a little milk.
By the way, you can find all my Instant Pot / pressure cooker recipes right here.
Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns is one of my favourite dishes of all time, it’s so so easy that I’ve been making it for years but, I don’t know whether it is because squid-ink pasta can prove tricky to find, I actually consider it a bit of a treat.
Ever since the local deli (Allgoods of Ely, now called Lemon Tree)) opened in Ely, I’ve been able to buy it again and I always have a packet hidden away in the cupboard as husband isn’t fussed and, in that case, I am not sharing.
No kitchen gadgets required for this one. I know, you are shocked, right? This recipe is so easy you don’t need more than a pot and your hob. Ready?
– For 2 people: 155 g squid ink pasta, the whole pack will probably do for 4 people
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 3 peeled chunky garlic cloves, two whole one finely chopped
– A couple of good handfuls of raw king prawns or prawns of your choice
– 1 teaspoon salt, you may need more to suit your taste
– Black pepper
– Olives, optional
1. Cook the pasta as per pack instructions.
Now, for the next step you have two options: the one that involves more washing-up and less time and the one that involves less washing-up and more time, i.e. you can either do this on a separate pan while the pasta cooks or in the same pan where you cook the pasta once the pasta is cooked and drained and reserved.
2. Heat the oil in a pot, same pot as you have have cooked the pasta or a pot or frying pan big enough to hold the pasta as you will add it to the sauce.
3. Heat the 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the garlic over a low heat, slowly, taking care so that the garlic doesn’t burn, stirring every once in a while.
4. Once it’s hot and the garlic is looking golden, add the prawns and turn the heat up. Not too much though, you don’t want the garlic to burn. Stir regularly but mind the prawns as you don’t want them to come apart, shaking the pot a bit from side to side (gently so to be careful with the hot oil) works well too for moving the prawns around.
Once the prawns are cooked just add the pasta toss it all well. Add the olives, if using, and sit down to enjoy.
|With linguine / Con linguine|
*Pasta al limón con chorizo y langostinos: en español más abajo* It’s no secret that I love chorizo, you can even say that I am a bit chorizo obsessed. No, seriously, you can, I give you permission! I also love seafood and my Thermomix so it was only a matter of time before I published a recipe like this Thermomix Lemony Chorizo and Prawn Pasta….
*En español más abajo / Spanish version further down*
I have been playing with this dish for a while and tonight I finally got the perfect Creamy chorizo pasta recipe for the Thermomix. The best part: it’s cooked from start to finish in the Thermomix.
I had a clean kitchen before the Thermomix’s final beep.
*You will find the non-Thermomix version of this recipe here*
Okay, so this may not be a classic to you (yet) but I grew up eating chorizo pasta, in fact every Wednesday growing up I would eat lunch at my grandma’s house and I would always ask for Macarrones con chorizo, but I already told you that story here a while ago). To me (and every other Spaniard) this is a classic of Spanish “cuisine” (I write inverted commas as I am not sure anything I cook can be classified under that term)….
I have been meaning to write this post for a while as I would like to start a surreptitious campaign to bring fideos to the UK. Fideos can be defined as extremely short and thin spaghetti (well, the ones I like are thin). You can make lovely soups with them and one hugely popular soup is the Spanish recipe this post is for: sopa de fideos (pasta soup).
This is a really simple recipe, in fact if you have good homemade chicken or vegetable stock at home you can just add the fideos and, within five minutes, you could be ready to sit down to steaming hot comforting soup, spoon in hand. My mother always has stock in the fridge or in the freezer precisely for this purpose.
It should always be cooked the moment you want to eat, that’s when it tastes best and it takes so little time to prepare that it is totally feasible. This is the soup you eat when you’re cold and need warming up, when you don’t feel so well, when you need cheering up… Ok, by you I mean me but let me tell you, that cup of tea that the British fix everything with…this is my Spanish-style cup of tea. And, yes, being me it includes chorizo (you didn’t expect anything else, did you?).
Now, I like my pasta soups to be very thick, without too much liquid
(otherwise I call them consommés and I’m done with it), so make sure you adapt it to
your taste (don’t panic, it’s easy to do). Fideos are designed for soups so they get soak in the stock in a delicious way.
|What I like to see in my cupboard|
Fideos are not easy to find in the UK. In Tesco you can find Lubella Filini no. 2 (a Polish brand), but they’re number 2 (hence much thicker and they don’t soak in the lovely flavours like my absolute favourite: Gallo no. 0 (it has to be, it’s the only fideo brand I’ve been able to find in the UK, there are other brands in Spain of course). You can find the Gallo brand in the Spanish London supermarket R Garcia and Sons (you can order online or pop in for a visit). I’m pretty sure my husband has bought them from the La Plaza Deli in Portobello too. Of course, try any local Spanish shops or market stalls you may pass on your travels and, should you see a Portuguese shop, ask for their pasta soup range, even if they don’t have fideos, you will find tiny pasta dots, stars or teardrops that tend to be really good and work rather well.
Substitutes: De Cecco Stellette nº75 (I’ve seen them in Waitrose), Orzo pasta (I get it from Waitrose and I have seen it in selected Tescos), Tesco’s Farfalline, Lubella’s Filini. You could also break vermicelli into short length cut-at-home fideos.
Sopa de fideos a la Feisty Tapas
1 medium pan, 1 chopping board for vegetables, one chopping board for hot food
HINT: Should it be too thick, add more stock. Should it be too watery, just make sure you make it thicker when serving it by removing some of the extra liquid. See? I told you it was easy. If you don’t eat it all straight away, make sure you remove it from the heat and leave the lid either off or only half covering the pan so that the pasta doesn’t go too soft.
TIP: When immediate comfort is required, skip the carrots, add the chorizo and stock cube (if not using your own stock) when the water starts to boil and add the fideos or similar pasta for soup. In 5-10 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you could have a fantastic warming and comforting soup.
EXTRA TIP: You can also make a sopicaldo by chopping any leftover chicken and vegetables you may have.
YET ANOTHER TIP: Try making it with quinoa for a gluten free version, in that case make sure the chorizo is gluten free too (many tend to be but I am of the “you never know” persuasion).
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This is one recipe I have been wanting to share for ages. I love chorizo, it is one of my favourite ingredients. This is based on my grandma’s recipe, when I started cooking (or trying to) many years ago I asked her for three recipes: her chorizo pasta, her meat with olives and her “arroz con leche” (the Spanish version of the British rice pudding). Let’s just say that the woman could cook and not only good food but for hordes of people as it was never just her and my grandad for lunch or dinner around their kitchen table (one of the favourite spaces of my childhood).
When I don’t have access to a Spanish shop I buy Tesco’s cooking chorizo (in fact there’s always some of it in our fridge), you could also try Revilla Chorizo de Pueblo Puchero which you can find easily in Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
Thermomix version here.