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    Macaroni and chorizo is classic Spanish comfort food. While iterations abound, it typically starts by frying smoked chorizo with a little onion, adding canned or fresh tomato and maybe some oregano, then letting it simmer into a thick tomato sauce. It’s often topped with cheese and baked like a mac and cheese. Instead of fresh tomatoes, this recipe uses highly concentrated tomato paste, which is made by cooking down tomatoes for ages so you don’t have to. The paste fries in the chorizo’s rendered drippings for a very fast, silky, smoky and spicy sauce. When shopping for this recipe, look for Spanish chorizo, a shelf-stable sausage usually found near salami and other cured meats in the grocery store. Mexican chorizo is sold fresh and is made with different chiles and spices.

    Ingredients

    • Kosher salt and black pepper
    • 1 pound orecchiette or other short pasta
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 4 ounces Spanish chorizo, casing removed (see Tip), if necessary, and thinly sliced
    • 3 tablespoons double concentrate tomato paste (or 6 tablespoons canned tomato paste)
    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
    • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

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    Nutritional Info
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    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 411 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 25 g 38.39%
    • Saturated Fat: 6 g 30.25%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 25 mg 8.32%
    • Sodium: 463 mg 19.27%
    • Calcium: 192 mg 19.17%
    • Potassium: 648 mg 18.52%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 14.64%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 37 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 10.78%
    • Sugar: 3 g
    • Protein: 14 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 2 g
    • Vitamin A 5.72%
    • Vitamin C 57.71%
    • Vitamin D 4.32%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat4
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables7
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq