Jamie Oliver’s chorizo carbonara with Catalan market salad

Looking for a quick pasta recipe? This chilli, chorizo and rosemary combination works beautifully with a zesty salad and takes only 15 minutes to prepare. It comes to us from Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals.

Serves: 4 people


25g pine nuts
1 red chicory
1 green chicory
2 clementines
100g baby spinach
4 sprigs of fresh mint
45g Manchego cheese
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp runny honey
320g dried penne
70g chorizo
1/2 to 1 fresh red chilli
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
olive oil
4 garlic cloves
1 large egg
1/2 lemon
2 heaped tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt


Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large frying pan, medium heat • Large lidded pan, high heat

Toast the pine nuts in the frying pan for a few minutes, tossing often
• Put the pasta into the lidded pan, cover with boiling salted water and cook according to packet instructions
• Finely slice the stalk ends of the chicory and click apart the upper leaves into a serving bowl
• Peel and finely slice the clementines, add to the bowl with the baby spinach, then pick over the mint leaves
• Shave over a tiny bit of Manchego and scatter with the hot nuts, returning the frying pan to a medium heat

In a cup, make your dressing with the vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and honey, then season to taste and put aside
• Finely slice the chorizo, chilli and rosemary leaves and put into the frying pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of pepper, then squash in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher and move everything around until lightly golden

Beat the egg, lemon juice, yoghurt and remaining finely grated Manchego together in a bowl
• Drain the pasta, reserving a cupful of the starchy cooking water
• Toss the pasta into the chorizo pan, remove from the heat and mix well with the creamy sauce, loosening with a splash of cooking water, if needed, then season to taste
• Dress and toss the salad, then serve with the pasta

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals is published by Michael Joseph, Penguin. Recipes © Jamie Oliver 2012. Images © David Loftus, 2012.


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