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All Recipes, Main Dishes / February 27, 2023

Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta | INCREDIBLY Delicious 30 Minute Recipe

This Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta, known as Macarrones a la Riojana, is one of the most popular pasta dishes that hail from Spain. It´s packed with a ton of great flavors, super easy to make and all done in just 30 minutes.

Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta
Serve this pasta dish next to a garden salad, a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine, more specifically a Gran Reserva from La Rioja, where this dish originates from, and you´re going to have yourself one heck of a great meal.

Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta
For the Chorizo, I used plant-based Spanish chorizo (10% OFF Your Order with Coupon ONAFORK). However, pork-based Spanish chorizo is traditionally used. Either way, make sure to use a firm chorizo. That way once it´s cooked, it holds its shape and won´t fall apart.

Spanish Garlic & Chorizo PastaTIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used penne pasta, which is what´s typically used to make this recipe. But you can use any type of pasta you like. Though smaller cuts of pasta do work best.

Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta | Macarrones a la Riojana

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 458 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 3 links firm Spanish chorizo 4 oz / 120 grams
  • 1 can tomato sauce 14.5 oz / 410 grams
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz / 410 grams
  • 8 oz penne pasta 225 grams
  • 1/4 cup grated Manchego cheese 30 grams
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Fill a stock pot a little over half ways with cold water, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat

  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the bell peppers and cut the links of chorizo into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick rounds

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. After a couple of minutes add in the slices of chorizo, mix with the olive oil, after 2 to 3 minutes and the chorizo is lightly sauteed, add in all the chopped vegetables, continue to mix the ingredients with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the veggies are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the canned tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then lower to a low-medium heat and simmer

  5. Once the water comes to a boil, add in the pasta, cook until al dente, then drain into a colander and add the pasta into the pan with the simmering sauce, turn off the heat, mix together until well mixed

  6. Transfer the pasta into serving dishes, then sprinkle each one with a kiss of grated Manchego cheese and finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Garlic & Chorizo Pasta | Macarrones a la Riojana
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 809mg23%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1994IU40%
Vitamin C 82mg99%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Susan Thompson

    Absolutely delicious. 😋 Can I also chill and eat later

    23 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes, this pasta will hold for up to 4 days in the fridge 🙂 Much love!

      24 . May . 2023
  2. Larry

    Is the sausage fresh or cooked?

    02 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      The one I used was cured, but you can use fresh as well 🙂 Much love

      03 . Mar . 2023
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  4. JM

    can you link the spelling of the wine recommendations?

    28 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      There are so many to choose from, kind of hard to link to one wine that everyone can locate in their location 🙂 Much love

      28 . Feb . 2023
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and vegan cheese i never had spanish garlic and chorizo pasta before i love pasta soooooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    27 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      28 . Feb . 2023

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