Lately I’ve been craving meat, so when my friend Cait over at The Patriotic Baker recently posted her version of a Cooks Illustrated recipe for Penne with Arugula, Chorizo and Romano, I was sucked in. It looked delicious. Of course, in my own fashion – I couldn’t leave it alone. Romano? Nope.
The other night we tried Piave Vecchio and I was sucked in. It’s like a mix between the tastyness of Parmesan and Peccorino Romano with the hard hitting oomph of a dozen knights on unicorns. It’s a splurge cheese, but if I’m going to splurge, it’s going to be on food.
Only 8oz or Chorizo? Not a chance. I live with Mr. A and Tom Cruise, this dish could have been pure meat and it wouldn’t have been enough meat. 16oz is more like it.
Instead of salt I added kalamata olives to add a layer of flavor, and for a burst of freshness I diced in a large beefsteak tomato.
- 1 box dry penne, or approximate same of homemade penne
- 16 oz chorizo
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 shallots
- 1 clove garlic
- 4-5oz arugula
- 1 large beefsteak tomato
- A big old splash of white wine (something you’d want to drink, dry is better)
- A cup or so of chicken stock
- One chunk piave vecchio, about a cup
- About one cup kalamata olives. Taste as you go. We used a lot, we love the taste.
- Boil water for pasta. If homemade hold off until the end, if dry start that cooking.
- Slice your chorizo, mince your garlic and dice your shallots. Feel free to cube up the tomato while you’re at it.
- Heat up a skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil and swirl around. Add in half of the chorizo until browned on edges. Drain on a cloth and repeat with the 2nd half (including another teaspoon of olive oil) and drain.
- Add the final teaspoon of olive oil, throw in the shallots – let them get slightly soft and add in garlic.
- Add splash of wine to deglaze the pan. Let it reduce down for a minute or so.
- Add splash of chicken stock. Let it boil down a little.
- Add in olives just to warm and turn off pan.
- Grate your cheese.
- Add all items together and toss until the arugula is slightly wilted.
Psst – I’m still trying to figure out how this face:
Can do this while I’m gone. They weren’t even open. Someone found the pantry: