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    Spanish Pasta Bake

    This recipe uses two Spanish delicacies serrano ham and chorizo both of which can be found on the delicatessen counter. Serrano cured ham has a mild yet distinctive flavour that lends itself to many dishes such as casseroles or it can be simply enjoyed on its own. Chorizo is a spicy red paprika sausage that can be eaten cold or added to pasta, soups and stews. Chorizo comes pre-sliced and, as in this recipe, sliced to order. Add as much or as little as you like in this recipe.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 300g Waitrose Dried Penne Pasta
    • 2 tbsp Waitrose Olive Oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
    • 1 x 400g can Waitrose Italian Chopped Tomatoes
    • 1 tbsp Waitrose Italian Tomato Purée
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 150ml water
    • 100g serrano ham, thickly sliced and roughly chopped
    • 150g chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 100g Cheddar cheese, grated


    1. Cook the pasta following the instructions on the packet. Drain well and keep covered.
    2. Heat the oil in a pan and lightly sauté the garlic, onion and red pepper for 10 minutes or until soft.
    3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, thyme and water and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes.
    4. Add the ham and chorizo, season with pepper and heat through.
    5. Place the cooked pasta in a serving dish, pour the tomato sauce over the top and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Place under a preheated grill and cook until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve with a fresh green salad, French bread or Seeded Pan Gallego.

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