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This chorizo pasta recipe is quick, easy, and has only a handful of ingredients! It’s ready in about 30 minutes.

white bowl with easy chorizo pasta

This is a really simple pasta dish that’s great when you just want some sausage, pasta, and a simple tomato sauce. It’s not fancy, and the chorizo really shines through.

I added a 1/2 cup of cream to this recipe because I find that it helps cut some of the acidity of the tomatoes and heat of the chorizo… it’s a nice way to balance it all out. 

close-up of spicy chorizo pasta with a tomato and cream sauce

Garlic and onions provide some more layers of flavor, and there ya go… there’s like 6 ingredients in here. I chose them wisely. 😛

I know someone is going to ask me if they can use a different kind of sausage in here. Yeah, that’s fine haha. Yes, you may sub an entirely different kind of sausage and it’ll be yummy. 

I used a spicy chorizo, but there are definitely milder ones out there that you could use. 

I’m a pretty big chorizo fan, so naturally I have more chorizo and pasta recipes on here. You may also like my chorizo and mushroom pasta, my chicken and chorizo pasta, this creamy shrimp and chorizo pasta, or my crispy chorizo pasta salad.

close-up of easy chorizo pasta with a tomato cream sauce served over penne in a white bowl

Will you give this recipe a try? Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.

This easy chorizo pasta recipe is fast and has a short ingredients list! Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
4.88 from 25 votes

Easy Chorizo Pasta

This chorizo pasta recipe is quick, easy, and has only a handful of ingredients! It's ready in about 30 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (8.8 ounce) coil Spanish chorizo sausage cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 small onion chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese optional


  • Boil a large, salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook it until al dente according to package directions.
  • Prep your chorizo and onion.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and chorizo and fry it until it starts to get crispy (around 7 minutes).
  • Add the onion and cook it until it's softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, and cream. Let the sauce cook for another 5 minutes or so, or until the sauce is reduced to your liking. Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed.
  • Toss with the pasta and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.


  • You can either use a mild or spicy chorizo - it's up to you. Anything in the ballpark of 8.8 ounces will work. You can use partially or fully cured chorizo... it'll all taste good. I used Spanish chorizo for this recipe (not Mexican).
  • If you use half-and-half instead of cream, the sauce may separate bit (or look grainy), but it should still taste good.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 451kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 1072mg, Potassium: 363mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 868IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. You could try, but it will change the flavor. I’d probably let it heat thru gently at the end as it may curdle.

  1. 5 stars
    Easy to make and so so tasty. I made it a week ago and my son loved it so much, he is asking me for the recipe as he wants to learn to make it! In fact, he is cooking it tonight for all of us.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this in a pinch tonight when I needed a plan b. Easy, tasty and a hit with the family. Clean bowls all round! Thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve had Chorizo in my Freezer for over a year now not knowing what to do with it, so I did a Google search and this recipe came up, so Delicious, so Easy! My husband is a Pasta lover so he enjoyed it as well! I will be cooking many recipes from this site, Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe and found a use for your chorizo, Michele!! 🙂 Appreciate your review.

    1. Hi! This is an old recipe (I didn’t start including nutritional info until fairly recently). Just added it for you, but do keep in mind it’s just an estimate and brands etc. can vary wildly.