Broken Spaghetti with Chorizo, Manchego and Scallions
This dish is similar to paella, but much quicker to prepare and made with a broken spaghetti noodle called fideos. Dried chorizo cooks in oil to release a rich paprika essence, then fideos are toasted in the same pan before softening in a cherry tomato sauce. While cured sausage and sharp Manchego offer rich, complex flavor, salt the water as you would a pot of pasta -- it should taste like the sea.
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- Servings: 2
- Olive oil
- 4 ounces dried chorizo, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (1/4 ounce)
- 2 scallions, trimmed, green and white portions thinly sliced separately
- 1 fennel bulb (8 ounces), trimmed and chopped
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces fideos or spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
- 1 15-ounce can cherry tomatoes
- 2 ounces manchego cheese
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium. Add chorizo and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes; remove from skillet and set aside, reserving oil in pan.
Increase heat to medium-high. Add garlic, scallion whites, and fennel and cook until starting to turn golden, about 4 minutes. Season with salt. Transfer to a bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and add pasta. Stir constantly until toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir reserved vegetables back into pan.
Stir tomatoes and their liquid into pan along with 3 cups water. Add 2 teaspoons salt and season with pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced and pasta is cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
Divide the pasta between two bowls. Top with chorizo slices and scallion greens. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the manchego over the pasta.