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Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta | Macarrones a la Madrileña Recipe

Pasta is always associated with Italy, when in-fact it was created by the Chinesse. It was Marco Polo who brought it to Italy in the 12th century, and shortly there after, in the 13th century it arrived in Spain. So as you can imagine, pasta is a big deal in Spain. Just most people outside of Spain are unaware.

Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta
With that being said, I will show you how to make a delicious Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta. This dish hails from Madrid, where it is known as Macarrones a la Madrileña.

Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta
This pasta dish is loaded with flavors, super easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes. The perfect pasta dish for a busy weeknight dinner or a relaxed weekend lunch, next to a bottle of Spanish wine.

Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I made my tomato sauce from scratch by finely grating tomatoes. But you can totally used canned tomato sauce (passata). For the sausages, I used beyond sausage, but you can use any sausage you like. From regular sausage to smoked sausage to spicy sausage.

Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Tomato & Sausage Pasta | Macarrones a la Madrileña Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 2 sausages
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.30 grams
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 220 grams
  • manchego cheese
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch white sugar
  • sea salt & black pepper


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

  2. Meanwhile, finely dice 1/2 onion, roughly mince 4 cloves garlic, finely chop a handful of fresh parsley, finely grate 6 to 8 tomatoes, you want a total of 2 cups (450 grams) finely grated tomato and cut 2 sausages into rounds that are 1/4 inch (.75 cm) thick

  3. Heat a fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add in the sliced sausage and mix with the olive oil, after 4 to 5 minutes and the sausage is lightly sauteed, remove from the pan and set aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the diced onion and mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent a lightly sauteed, add in the minced garlic and continue to mix, after 30 seconds add in a generous 1/2 tsp (1.30 grams) sweet smoked paprika, quickly mix together and then add in the 2 cups grated tomato, 2 tbsp (7.60 grams) of the finely chopped parsley and season with sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of white sugar, mix together and simmer on a medium heat

  5. At this point the water should be boiling in the stock pot, add in 2 cups (220 grams) uncooked penne pasta, give it a quick mix and cook until al dente (check you pasta package for timing), then remove from the heat and drain into a colander, shake off any excess water

  6. Moving back to the tomato sauce, it should be nice & thick and all the flavors well combined, turn off the heat in the pan, add in the cooked penne pasta and mix together until well mixed

  7. Transfer the pasta into serving dishes, top off with finely grated Manchego cheese and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

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  1. Michael & Sharron Monk

    5 stars
    It was great and very tasty – so much better than “canned sauce”

    Thanks – love all of your recipes that I have tried

    05 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      06 . Feb . 2022
  2. Hector

    5 stars
    No me quedaron tan bonitos como los tuyos, pero quedaron super ricos. Gracias por la receta!

    17 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Me alegro mucho! Un saludo 🙂

      18 . Apr . 2021
  3. Lee

    Looks amazing! What is the approximate weight of two sausages (ozs, lbs or grams)?

    14 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Each sausage was 100 grams or 3.5 ounces 🙂 much love

      15 . Apr . 2021
  4. Ramya

    Will be making this soon with few subs i love pasta sooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    14 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      14 . Apr . 2021

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