Cuban Inspired Penne Pasta with Chorizo and Ham
This pasta dish adds Cuban-Inspired flavors using Jamon Serrano and Chorizo in a creamy tomato based sauce.
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Fusion
  • olive oil ¼ cup
  • Spanish chorizo sausage ¾ pound
  • pound jamón Serrano (Serrano ham) ½ pound
  • medium onion 1
  • garlic clove 1
  • small green bell pepper 1
  • tomato sauce 2 cups
  • vino seco (dry white cooking wine) 3 tablespoons
  • dried basil 1 teaspoon
  • dried oregano leaves 1 teaspoon
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • pepper ½ teaspoon
  • paprika 1 teaspoon
  • heavy cream ½ teaspoon
  • rigatoni, penne, or other short, tube-shaped pasta 1 pound
  • Parmesan cheese ½ cup
  • whole-milk mozzarella cheese 1 cup
  1. Heat the olive oil in an IMUSA Jumbo cooker over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and ham, and cook for 3 minutes, until some of the fat is rendered from the ham.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper, and reduce the heat to medium. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, vino seco, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and paprika, and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the cream. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly and all the flavors have had an opportunity to meld. Set aside.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package directions (do not add oil to the water, but do add salt); drain the pasta.
  5. Place the drained pasta into the jumbo cooker with the sauce and stir well until combined.
  6. Stir in half of the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and continue cooking until the cheese is melted; adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  7. Serve immediately with the other half of the Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.