Pesto Chorizo Pasta


This dish started as a ‘what can we have for tea that will only take 10 minutes’ mad rush, but actually it was bloody delicious. At the time of the panic Mr Rose and I were in London and needed something for tea when we got back to York. We ducked into Wholefoods for a meander round and picked up some delicious ingredients to cook with when we got home. I could have spent hours in there just looking around and buying really expensive foods that I don’t really need.

In my opinion there’s little better than homemade pesto for tea. It fills the house with such a lovely smell and it tastes way better than the jarred variety. I made mine in the Thermomix (see I am using it) but it could be easily made in a food processor too. Mr Rose protested a few times that making pesto was too much effort and we’d be too tired. I pretended it was a great slog and I was such a hard working wife, but it literally only took me 30 seconds to make it!

Ingredients for pesto (makes about 4 servings)

  • 80g parmesan cheese but up into small squares
  • 60g pine nuts
  • 80g fresh basil
  • 120g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Thermomix method for pesto

  1. Put the parmesan cheese in the mixing bowl and grate 10sec/speed 10.
  2. Add pine nute, basil, olive oil, garlic clove and salt. Chop 20 sec/speed 7.


Ingredients for dish

  • 1 chorizo sausage
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion – chopped
  • Fresh pesto (see above)
  • 150g pasta (I chose spelt after a recommendation from Lily Pebbles and it was delicious)

Method for dish

  1. Put the spelt pasta on to boil and cook according to packet instructions. Mine took 7 minutes.
  2. Fry the red onion in a little bit of coconut oil.
  3. Add the chorizo sausage and stir until the onion is coated in the chorizo juices.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the fresh pesto and stir to combine.
  5. Once cooked, add the paste and stir to combine.
  6. Add a handful of spinach. Wait for it to wilt a little.
  7. Serve with a grating of parmesan on top.


For a quick ‘I can’t be bothered’ tea it was lovely and I think we were both secretly a bit proud that we didn’t just whack a pizza in the oven!

If you try it let me know.

Happy healthy cooking and a Happy New Year.

Around the Corner Fitness.


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