Chorizo and olive pasta – Comfort food from Stella’s Pantry

Even though we said good riddance to winter this week doesn’t mean we need to say goodbye to the comfort foods that we love. Often it is the comfort foods that come jam packed with nutritional benefits like this delicious pasta that provides vitamins, minerals and oodles of energy.

So when I was asked by my lovely friends at Stella’s Pantry* to create a recipe for their customers, I couldn’t go past the juicy chorizo, salty olives and crumbly feta cheese. All perfect for a quick pasta enjoyed with a glass of red.

What’s great about this recipe is that you can easily make it wheat or gluten free by selecting pasta to suit. Stella’s have a stellar range of pasta’s so there is something to suit every one!

This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and approx. 10 minutes to cook so it’s an easy solution for any night of the week and offers a whole host of nutritional benefits. If you lead an active lifestyle, add this one to your carb loading repertoire, it will not disappoint!

Ingredients (serves 3-4) 

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (olive or coconut will do fine)
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 fresh chilli diced finely
  • 1 Rodriguez Broz chorizo sausage
  • Handful button mushrooms
  • I diced red capsicum
  • As many Mount Zero mixed olives as you would like
  • 1 can Ceres organic diced tomatoes
  • 2 heaped tablespoons kyknos tomato paste
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • 150mls The Stock Merchant Beef stock
  • I packet Due Pastori pasta
  • Odysseus barrel aged feta cheese

Method

  • Prepare all ingredients as stated above.
  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion, garlic and chilli for approx. 2 minutes.
  • Add chorizo and continue to cook.
  • Pop in button mushrooms, capsicum, olives, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, fresh basil and stir.
  • Crumble the stock cube into 150ml water, add to the mix and continue to stir well.
  • While the sauce is cooking, get your pasta started.
  • Add to a pot of boiling water and boil until el dente and then strain.
  • Serve in a nice big bowl with a crumble of feta cheese and some fresh parsley sprigs on top.

Enjoy the flavour sensations that only a homemade pasta sauce can bring.

Nutritional highlights

Mushrooms – button mushrooms are rich in potassium, phosphorus, copper and iron. They are also a good source of vitamin B1 and B2 (otherwise known as bananas in pyjamas!). Eating mushrooms regularly can help reduce blood fat levels and ward off infection due to their antibiotic and immune boosting properties.

Tomatoes – As well as being jam packed with flavour, tomatoes are also rich in vitamins A and C and a good source of major minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. They detoxify the body, purify the blood and strengthen digestion. Caution: tomatoes can interfere with calcium intake, so take care to avoid in cases of arthritis.

Garlic – As a member of the onion family, garlic can boost immunity to diseases as it has antibacterial, antifungal and antithrombic effects. Long term use of garlic can benefit people who are predisposed to conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes or have a family history of them. Put off by the strong smell? Garlic breath can be reduced by eating fresh parsley with it. Give it a go!

Pasta – Of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein), carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy. While there are many diets pushing low carbs as a healthy option, the reality is that the body needs carbohydrates to function at an optimal level. As long as you’re burning energy through regular exercise, there is no reason to feel guilty about smashing a bowl of pasta. Food is fuel after all – so eat up!

*Stella’s Pantry is situated in the Warragul arcade, filled with tantalising products that make up the dream pantry of owners Isabella Fox and Stacey Wagner. Their mission is to become part of the community as Stella’s Pantry is not just another store; but rather a destination where you can explore and enjoy finding delicious products. The ladies at Stella’s are extremely passionate about food, nutrition and enjoying life, as such they love to hear about the amazing meals their customers share with friends and family which is why I shared this recipe.

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Source
Nutrients A-Z, A Users Guide to Foods, Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements, Dr Michael Sharon, Australia, 2004

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