A new family favourite: Chorizo Bolognese #WOYP

Cooking when away from home

We’ve just been away for a few weeks visiting with my daughter and her family, and as we drove approx 1500km, I could afford to throw a few extra things into the car to take with me, like my recipe book! Do you do that sort of thing too?

Not like my current challenge to see if I can travel for a month overseas with only carry-on luggage – not looking too good at the moment I must say!

The upshot of having some of my favourite recipes with me was that my daughter got to try some new ones and loved some more than others!

Chorizo Bolognese

Serves 4 and takes about 20 minutes to cook

Chorizo Bolognese – Source

The Chorizo Bolognese was a firm favourite. It might be that the first night we arrived I cooked this for them and they were both worn out from a day of work and parenting so anything would have tasted good! The original recipe came from Woolworths Online (credit where credit is due).


  • 375 g chopped Chorizo
  • 1 brown onion halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 400g tomato passata
  • 400g pappardelle (or other long pasta)
  • 2 whole tomatoes halved and cut into slithers
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves (I used dried)


  1. Roughly chop chorizo in a food processor or by hand. Place in a cold frypan with the olive oil over medium heat. When the chorizo starts to sizzle cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing, until the fat has rendered.
  2. Add onion and saute until slightly softened for a minute.
  3. Add the thyme and toss, cooking for 1 minute until fragrant then add passata and cook for 6-8 minutes until reduced.
  4. Meanwhile, coo0k the pasta to packet instructions then drain, reserving 1/3cup of liquid.
  5. Add the pasta to the sauce with the reserved cooking liquid and toss to warm through. remove from the heat. Top with tomatoes and parsley to serve.

Very delicious and quick to make! My daughter has now added this to her mid-week lineup due to is ease and tastiness.

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21 Replies to “A new family favourite: Chorizo Bolognese #WOYP”

  1. Hi Deb, An excellent idea to bring your recipe book. I find my daughters often request favourite recipes. Ahh…a Woolworths in Australia, too. Fun to find out all we have in common.😊 Looks like a good, hearty recipe. xx

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    1. I love it when the girls ask me for a recipe I used to cook when they were little Erica. I just presumed Woolworths was everywhere in the world!! It’s an easy and tasty dinner – we had it tonight 🙂

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    1. I hope you can find passata Janis, it’s a mix of a few things and can easily be made up I think. I’m actually cooking this for dinner tonight!


    1. Welcome to my world Susan! Lovely to have you join me. I love books too, we have a linkup in the 3rd Friday of the month for What’s on Your Bookshelf which you might like to join.


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