FRESH CHORIZO PASTA SAUCE

An Italian-style pasta sauce featuring fresh chorizo sausage that is a family favourite!
   
INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 chilli (optional)
2-3 fresh chorizo sausages
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
1 teaspoon sugar
800g tinned diced tomatoes (or 1 litre of bottled tomatoes)
Salt, finely ground
Pepper, finely ground 
   
METHOD:
1. Peel and finely slice garlic cloves. Halve, de-seed and finely mince chilli (if using).
2. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté garlic and chilli for 1 minute or until the garlic turns yellow.
3. Remove skins from chorizo and place seasoned sausage filling into the pan. Stir to break up the sausage into small pieces, browning all over.
4. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute or until it sticks to the base of the pan.
5. Add the red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any stickiness.
6. Add the tomatoes and sugar and mix well. 
7. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until sauce has thickened to your liking. 
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
9. Serve with cooked pasta, sautéed vegetables or atop roasted sweet potato.
10. Freeze sauce in labelled airtight containers for up to 3 months.
    

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