Chorizo and goats cheese pasta

This gorgeous chorizo and goats cheese pasta recipe is perfect for a weekend treat! The recipe serves 2, but you can increase or halve the ingredients to make it work for you!

Top tip: It is tastier eaten straight away rather than heated up.

Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g pasta
  • 1 chorizo ring (or slightly less)
  • 250ml of cream
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 generous handful of green beans
  • 1 goats cheese circle

Instructions

  1. Heat the pasta in lightly salted water for around 10 minutes until cooked
  2. Cook the green beans in lightly salted water for around 5 minutes until cooked
  3. In a separate pan, fry the chorizo on a medium heat until cooked through. Add the chilli for another 2 minutes and then pour in the cream, reduce the heat and stir occasionally until it thickens slightly.
  4. Slice the goats cheese into two and place under the grill until bubbling and golden (usually about 5 mins)
  5. Drain the pasta and beans, stir in the chorizo sauce and serve in a pasta bowl, placing the cooked goats cheese on top!

Enjoy, and share your photos if you decide to make it!

MAR d’FORA, Portugal

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Tucked away on the cliff top in Praia de Paraiso, Carvoerio, it boasts a gorgeous set up with stunning views of the sea and surrounding area. If you decide to visit for dinner you can sit outside on the veranda and watch the warm blends of purple, orange and red as the sun sets, it’s beautiful.

We (friends of mine and I) were lucky enough to discover MAR d’FORA whilst taking a tour of the town on a little train. This was perhaps the most exciting find on the tour, it definitely made it worthwhile. We booked to go for dinner on our last night of the holiday to celebrate the great week that we had had and it did not disappoint.

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The menu had a great selection of starters, mains and desserts with plenty of fresh fish options. The waiter asked if we would like to see which fish they had available that evening so we obliged. Before I knew it the waiter appeared behind me with a tray. Wait a second, something just grazed my arm.. OMG the lobster was alive. Safe to say I have never been presented with a tray of fish, let alone a live lobster. I think all of us around the table were quick to say no to that! It was an interesting experience none the less. We ordered some bread and olives to start whilst we studied the menu some more before coming to a decision, although it was a no brainer for me.

Alice ordered the lamb with potatoes and vegetables in a gravy which was succulent and tasty. Emma, Callum and Jack opted for the Tuna steak presented on a risotto bed accompanied by carrots and a jus. The Tuna was perfectly cooked and fell apart easily, the risotto creamy and full of flavour. Having read a review online I chose the fettuccini with shrimp and clams which the waiter said was a great choice! He wasn’t wrong – the dish was full of flavours with a bit of a spicy kick.

We all had a fantastic evening; great food, great wine & great company. The waiters made us feel very welcome, provided giggles and moments of surprise! Perhaps next time I will be brave enough to try the lobster…

I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant if you ever find yourself hungry in Carvoerio. Enjoy and please share any of your own experiences!