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Spaghetti with Chorizo and Toasted Paprika Bread Crumbs

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Total time 35 mins

Serves 4

This Spanish-inspired dish gets big flavor from just a handful of ingredients. If you can't find Spanish chorizo, use smoked pork sausage and an additional 1 tbsp. smoked paprika during the browning step. Wine Pairing: Earthy, spicy DaVinci 2012 Chianti Riserva (Chianti DOCG; $23).  


  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti
  • 3 large slices crusty white bread, such as pain au levain
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 1/2 ounces Spanish chorizo, sliced diagonally
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 729
  • caloriesfromfat 48 %
  • protein 24 g
  • fat 40 g
  • satfat 9.9 g
  • carbohydrate 71 g
  • fiber 3.4 g
  • sodium 1057 mg
  • cholesterol 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, trim crusts from bread and toast bread. Whirl toast in a food processor just until rough crumbs form. You should have about 1 1/2 cups crumbs.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo slices and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain off any liquid and transfer chorizo and garlic to a plate. Wipe any blackened bits out of frying pan with a paper towel.

  3. Add 1 tbsp. oil to pan along with paprika and cook, stirring frequently, about 30 seconds. Add bread crumbs and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until bread crumbs are toasted and paprika is evenly distributed. Transfer crumbs to a plate. Keep pan hot over low heat.

  4. Drain cooked pasta, reserving cooking water, and add to hot frying pan along with 1/2 cup cooking water, remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the chorizo, 2/3 of the bread crumbs and parsley.

  5. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl and top with remaining crumbs, parsley, and pepper to taste.