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Chicken sausage and chorizo pasta with baby spinach

March 24, 2014


The other night I tried out Lindsay’s recipe for San Marzano pasta E Fagioli. I’ve never cooked pasta in a sauce before, so I was a bit intrigued and a bit worried, because there was a lot of sauce in my pot at one stage and I didn’t know if it was going to boil down enough, but it did and this dish turned out pretty good. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe just because I didn’t use spicy chicken sausage like she suggested. I added some chorizo and a bit of chilli, which worked out pretty well, I also added some sugar because there is a lot of tomato that goes into this.

I must warn you, this recipe makes a lot of food, so either halve these portions or invite some hungry faces over for dinner.

Thanks Lindsey for the recipe….



  • 450 grams chicken sausages in casing
  • 1 whole chorizo sausage – chopped
  • 1½ cups chopped celery, carrot, and onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A couple of dashes of chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 790 grams tinned whole tomatoes
  • 400 grams of cannellini beans
  • 500 mls chicken broth
  • 450 grams small pasta
  • 160 grams fresh baby spinach
  • Shaved parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Remove the chicken from its casing. In a large pot, brown the chicken sausage over medium high heat and drain the excess grease. Near the end of cooking add the chorizo sausage for a bit. Set the chicken and sausage mix aside.
  2. Crush the tinned tomatoes and sauce in a food processor and set aside. Drain the cannellini beans. Place in a food processor. Refill the can with water, add to the food processor, and puree until very smooth.
  3. In the same large pot as step one, saute the carrots, celery and onions, garlic, oregano, salt and bay leaf (with a little olive oil if needed) until soft and fragrant. Add the tomatoes, pureed beans, sugar and broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. It’ll be very saucy.
  4. Add the pasta and simmer for another 20 minutes until pasta is cooked through as sauce is reduced. Throw in the baby spinach and the chorizo/chicken sausage from step one. If needed, add water or broth to adjust the consistency of the pasta before serving. Top with some parmesan cheese.









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