Jen's Chorizo Pasta


Spicy chorizo pasta served with a delectable cream sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 5 (4 ounce) links chorizo sausage (such as Johnsonville®)

  • 1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta

  • 1 cup butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 (8 ounce) package button mushrooms, stems trimmed

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Cook sausages on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cut into bite-sized pieces; set aside.

  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in penne and cook in boiling water until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, melt 1 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in melted butter until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream and red pepper flakes; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then whisk in Parmesan cheese until melted. Keep sauce warm over low heat, stirring occasionally to keep smooth.

  5. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in chorizo pieces and cook until hot. Combine with penne and Parmesan cream sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1200 Calories
89g Fat
63g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 1200
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 89g 114%
Saturated Fat 46g 230%
Cholesterol 235mg 78%
Sodium 1611mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 217mg 17%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 765mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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