I just love the versatility of using a tomato based sauce. It works beautifully on its own as simple passata with seasoning or you can amp it up and throw a heap of veggies in, or pretty much any kind of meat and maybe even some cheese!
So the Sunday night ritual continues and the dilemma of how can I make an amped up sauce that suits one who doesn’t like cheese, one who won’t eat a non meat dish and the other who wants more than “just” bolognese.
I’ve over killed it with mince at the moment so decided not to use it and went with chorizo instead as the meat option. I love the flavour it gives the dish and it’s a bit more substantial than bacon or pancetta. I also used Barilla Napoletana Sauce as my tomato base and added in a heap of veg to make it an even more nutritious meal.
To make this a complete dish, I used Barilla Egg Tagliatelle as the base and to mix through the chunky sauce! I love the texture it has and it holds the sauce really well. It also cooks really quick (5 minutes in boiling water).
So if you’re salivating and to want to give this dish a go, keep on reading for the recipe!
Tagliatelle with Napoletana Sauce (serves 4-5)
What you’re going to need
250g pack Barilla Egg Tagliatelle
1 jar Barilla Napoletana Sauce
125 g chorizo, sliced evenly (1 sausage)
3 medium cup mushrooms, sliced thinly
generous handful baby spinach
1/3 medium zucchini, finely grated
1/3 medium carrot, finely grated
handful pitted kalamata olives
6 basil leaves, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to season
1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
- Prepare a large saucepan with salted water and place on a low heat.
- In a large frypan, add the olive oil and bring up to a medium heat. Once hot, add the carrot and zucchini and fry for 2-3 minutes. Once softened, add the napoletana sauce. Before discarding the jar, half fill with water and shake with the lid on to get the extra sauce stuck to the sides of the jar. Add the water from the jar to the sauce. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
- Once simmering, add the sliced mushrooms and spinach and reduce to a low heat.
- In a small frypan, fry the chorizo until cooked. Drain on some paper towel and set aside.
- Once water is boiling, cook the pasta as per packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, add the chorizo and olives to the sauce. With 1 minute to go, add the basil.
- Serve immediately on warmed plates. (your choice if you want to mix the pasta through the sauce or serve the sauce on top)
Disclaimer: The Barilla Pasta and Napoletana Sauce were provided as a gift. I only support and endorse products that I have used or cooked with myself.