Things I have been cooking lately #149: Mediterranean vegetable and chorizo tagliatelle

Our flatmate calls this “cupboard pasta” because when I invented it it was based on whatever I could find lurking in our fridge and cupboards that needed using up. It turned out to really tasty so I have subsequently bought the ingredients and made it on purpose. Try it out and see what you think.


Mediterranean vegetable and chorizo tagliatelle

2 aubergines
2 courgettes
250g cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
100g diced chorizo
100g pitted black olives
500ml tomato passata with added basil (or use the standard one and add some fresh basil)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
500g fresh multigrain tagliatelle (or ordinary is fine)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Preheat your oven 180 C and line to large baking sheets with grease proof paper.

Cut the aubergines and courgettes into inch size chunks and halve the cherry tomatoes. Place everything in a large bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide the vegetables between the two baking sheets and place in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Place a large saucepan over a medium heat. Fry the chorizo and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the passata, olives and oregano and bring to the boil. Turn the heat right down and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook the tagliatelle according to the package instructions.

Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir into the tomato sauce. Serve with the tagliatelle and lashings of Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4 – 6



  1. Yum. I’m about to try a Mexican crock-pot lasagna. Your vegetable creation looks delish.

    1. Ooh let me know how that comes out. I love a good crock pot meal! I was impressed with how good this dish came out. I think it’s going to become a staple.

      1. I seem to cook the same 6 things over and over and need inspiration. Thank you for presenting your dishes.

        1. Part of the reason for this feature is to push myself to keep trying new things or I think I’d get into a rut which is so easy to do especially when you’re cooking for others… who can be a little apprehensive about new dishes.

  2. Wow this sounds soooo nice. If only I could cook!!

    1. You can totally cook this. It’s really simple!

      1. I might give it a try, though some of the ingredients… I’m not sure where to get them from

        1. Are you in the States? They might be called slightly different things. If you tell me which ones I can translate.

          1. I’m in Australia. The things I have never heard of are chorizo, passata, tagliatelle, aubergines and courgettes. So most of it then haha

            1. Chorizo is a Spanish spicy sausage. Should be in the deli meat section. If they don’t have it though you can replace it with bacon. Passata is just blended tinned tomatoes. It would be with the tinned tomatoes. If they don’t have it you can use tinned tomatoes. Tagliatelle is a type of pasta. Spaghetti or linguine would work just as well and dried is fine if you can’t get fresh. Aubergines are also known as eggplants or brinjals. Courgettes are also called zucchini. Does that help? 😊

              1. that does indeed help! thanks a lot

      2. That it serves four is good though, I live alone so I can make it and freeze the rest for future meals

  3. I reiterate, I have NO idea why I mess around on your site when I am starving. It’s ridiculous.

    1. Because you know you want to cook yourself something nice to eat?

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