Rigatoni with spiced prawns, tomatoes & chorizo

Rigatoni with spiced prawns, tomatoes & chorizo

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 5 - 6
Subtle, sweet tomatoes work brilliantly with the intense flavour of prawns and chorizo

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal462
  • fat17g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.14g
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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 shallots, diced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 120g uncooked chorizo sausage, thinly sliced



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 6 large tomatoes, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 350g rigatoni
  • 200g large prawns, shells and tails removed if necessary, chopped



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 2 large spring onions, thinly sliced, keep the whites and greens separate
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…


  1. Put the oil, shallots and a good grind of pepper in a large, cold frying pan. Place over a low heat and slowly cook for 10 mins, stirring regularly, until softened.

  2. Add the chorizo to the shallots, turn up the heat (but not too much) and colour a little. When the orange oil is released into the pan, add the tomatoes and a good pinch of salt. Stir over a medium heat – the tomatoes should literally melt in about 10 mins. If the sauce is not bubbling, turn up the heat a little. Add 100ml water and bring to the boil. Gently simmer for a few mins more.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Add the prawns to the sauce, bring back to the boil and cook for 1 min until the prawns change colour. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce with the spring onion whites. Cook and stir for 1 min. Serve sprinkled with the spring onion greens.

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Comments (37)

yvonnelove's picture

Made this for the first time and enjoyed! I used tinned tomatoes (and added little water) and based on feedback from others I added garlic and chipotle paste. The chorizo was already cooked however as someone else pointed out it didn't seem to matter. I would have struggled to get 5 or 6 portion servings out of it though, I felt it was more like 3 or 4. Will definitely make again :)

rs1404's picture

Really enjoyed this! Lovely and simple - nice fresh flavours. Added an orange pepper as we had one to use up, but otherwise followed the recipe and wouldn't change anything.

thecherub's picture

I thought this recipe was a bit disappointing there are better recipes for prawns and chorizo out there. There wasn't any depth of flavour just tomato and chorizo which while nice is lacking something, it needs more of something else to make it more exciting. Easy to make though so can't complain too much and I did eat it all.

mincepie36's picture

I'v just cooked this using very ripe and red tomatos and it's lovely, much better than I expected, would'nt add anything else to it as the flavours work really well. Will be having this again and again.

bandcamper's picture

This was lovely. I used 2 cans of tomatoes rather than fresh, didn't bother with spring onions. My kids asked for seconds, it was a hit. Served with a crisp green salad, lovely for a summer evening.

cshobbs's picture

Easy and tasty. I halved this recipe and it made 2 big portions. I replaced the onions with an orange sweet pepper, a tin of tomatoes rather than fresh and used about 100g chorizo (for 2) as suggested below. The sausage was already cooked but this didn't seem to matter.

grasssnake's picture

Delicious pasta dish, easy and quick to make. I used tinned cherry tomatoes and added garlic and chilli. It works well with either prawns or white fish.

juliacj's picture

We love this dish, although I always use a tin of tomatoes and plenty of chilli. Definitely a firm favourite!

stevemaskery's picture

Yes, excellent.
I, too, added a little garlic, an anchovy and a pinch of sugar. I also had a couple of tired mushrooms I needed to use up.
Absolutely delicious.

aimeelou1986's picture

Love, love, love this recipe! So simple and yet so tasty, I add a little bit of chipotle chilli paste to give it a little extra spice, a firm favourite in our household!

ebsnare's picture

Great taste to this sauce and good for using up tomatoes that are going a bit soft. I actually used the same amount of ingredients (prawns and chorizo) but half the tomatoes and had a much richer, thicker sauce for the pasta. Delicious.

neilkent100's picture

Really lovely. A nice simply pasta dish with oodles of flavour. I just used a regular onion and not shallots or spring onions, I also added some garlic at the start and garnished with basil. Will definitely be doing this again!

tinyvella's picture

Lovely and tasty! Boyf really enjoyed. I'd add Tom purée next time !

choccylab's picture

Delicious and easy. I added a little smoked paprika to give extra depth of flavour, and a small amount of sugar as tomatoes at this time of year are not very red or flavourful. Worked beautifully.

dishymummy's picture

I liked the recipe a lot but wonder whether tinned tomatoes would have given more flavour (at least at this time of year). It would be a lot cheaper too!

fyoung's picture

This is full of flavours with so few ingredients. I used tinned tomatoes and flat leaf parsley as i didn't have spring onions.... And added a little cooking water from the pasta. A total winner, will make again and again.

exiled_angel's picture

As others have said, this is a very good recipe. I thought the chorizo would overpower the prawns, but it is complementary. I added a teaspoon of anchovy for richness, and some sweet paprika as the sauce simmered down, and then some chilli oil to the cooked pasta. Very rich and filling!

rachelefinn's picture

Added half tsp of smoked paprika which really lifted it above the average tomatoey chorizoy pasta meal. Spot on!

mighty_south's picture

One of the nicest pasta dishes I have made, fantastic flavors and so easy to put together. I have made it a few times now and it is definitely a winner in our house. Even if you don't have or are not a fan of prawns just swap them for something else I am sure it will be just as delicious. This evening I did a variation on the theme because I didn't have any prawns in, but I added artichoke hearts and some fresh basil & oregano, not quite as good as having prawns but nevertheless pretty tasty.

eleanormayo's picture

This was nice enough, but I expected it to have more depth of flavour.


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