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Tomato Mascarpone & Chorizo Tagliatelle


April 5, 2012

By Seb Holmes

This is a great one for if you’re in a rush. Give it a go, it’s cheap, tasty and doesn’t take long – it’s so easy it’s impossible to mess up. Save money by chipping in with your flatmates for the ingredients; otherwise keep some in the fridge and eat it later!

You will need

  • Saucepan x 2
  • Colander
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Hand Blender (ideally, but don’t worry if you haven’t got one)


(Serves 4, adjust accordingly)

  • Tagliatelle / approx 800g, 2 tins (dried is marginally cheaper but if you get fresh it will be much faster)
  • Mascarpone Cheese / 400g
  • Tomato Paste / 50g
  • Chorizo / 200g
  • Basil / 1 handful
  • Cherry Tomatoes / 300g
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning


  1. Put the pasta on. Bring a pan full of water to the boil and season with a pinch of salt. Next add the tagliatelle to the water. If fresh, leave in for 3 minutes then remove; leave for 12 minutes if dried.
  2. Make the tomato mascarpone sauce. Place all the chopped tomatoes into the other saucepan and place on a high heat. Leave for 10 minutes to reduce, stirring occasionally (to reduce the liquid means to boil it until some of the water evaporates leaving a thicker liquid). Next add the mascarpone cheese and tomato puree to the pan and hand blend. If you don’t have one just mix well until all is combined into a light orange colour and has a smooth consistency.
  3. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and slice the chorizo, making sure you remove and discard the skin from the chorizo first (as this is chewy). Add this to the pan and simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes to infuse the flavours.
  4. Drain the pasta using a colander. Give it a good shake to ensure that all the water is removed.
  5. Lastly mix the pasta with the sauce and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Finish off by mixing in the chopped basil.

To Serve

Serve central in a bowl and drizzle some of the excess sauce around the side. Garnish with a basil leaf.

I hope you all enjoy the recipe. Check out some more of my recipes, hints and tips at my blog (  I would love to hear feedback. Eat well!