Chorizo and Kale Pasta

Dinner last night was something I’ve never tried before. Pasta! Just kidding. Well, not really. It was pasta, it was just pasta with chorizo and kale…and tomatoes, onion, garlic and cheese. It was pretty good. Though I’m not sure it’s something I’ll do again. It was kind of bland. And unfortunately because of my lack of experience with kale, I wasn’t sure how to make it better.

I had made baked kale chips the other night and they were delicious – like I ate half of what I made in one sitting before realizing I wanted a couple for lunch the next day. And that was just oil and salt. I wonder if the baking did something to them that the cooking in a pan did not? The chips were a little sweet, had a really good flavor and the salt brought out the flavor even more. The kale from my pasta didn’t have a whole lot of flavor. I kind of felt like Thumper trudging through the greens to get to the chorizo and cheese. Sad day. Oh well, it was edible, and everyone has to screw up sometimes!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Spicy Chicken Chorizo Frittata

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I don’t normally make a big deal about breakfast. Every so often I will make waffles or french toast…but usually it is scrambled eggs and an english muffin. Or better yet, cereal. For some unknown reason to me, I got a wild hair this morning to make a frittata. I’ve never made a frittata. But I started pulling things out of the fridge and into my cast iron skillet they went. And you know what? It was freaking delicious. Even my hunny proclaimed that this was his new favorite breakfast. Weird. That never happens, he is normally very set in his eating habits, especially when it comes to favorites.

A little bit spicy, very savory, and very filling, we served this with honey covered biscuits and we were happy campers until almost two this afternoon.

Ingredients:
1/4 onion, chopped
1 cup shredded frozen hashbrowns, defrosted and patted dry
1 small casing of Mexican chorizo, about 1 cup
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup corn
1 cup chopped leftover rotisserie chicken
4 eggs
1 tablespoon each onion powder and garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon each cumin ground black pepper
3-5 tablespoons oil, I used canola oil. Dependent on how good your pan is at being not sticky.

Directions:
1. Heat about 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet. I really liked using my cast iron skillet for this one (thanks sis-in-law!!). Cook the onions until they are fragrant. Add in the potatoes and one to two more tablespoons of the oil. Let those cook on a mexium low hezt until they start to get crispy. Preheat broiler to low.
2. Add in the chorizo. Stir everything together, and let cook for one minute. Ground chorizo typically comes precooked, so you’re basically just warming it. Next add in the corn, mushrooms, tomatoes and chicken. Stir everything together and let it warm through for about a minute while you prepare the eggs.
3. In a bowl, mix the spices and the eggs with 1/2 a teaspoon of water. Pour over the mixture in the pan. Move it around so that everything is relatively even, and let cook for one minute.
4. Put the pan in the oven under the broiler, and let cook for approximately 8 minutes until the eggs are set. They will spring back when pushed if they are ready. Slice like a pie and serve!

Chorizo Chicken Pasta

Two bowls and there was still plenty of leftovers

I had chicken on hand and I needed something to do with it that I haven’t done a hundred times already. So thinking about what I had in my freezer, I browsed for chicken and chorizo recipes. Then adapted one that I found. It turned out really really good, and had just enough bite to it to not be extremely spicy that no one could eat it, but enough to give it a little memorable kick.

What makes this meal even better is that it is budget friendly and filling! Even with just the little bit of pasta that I used, it could have fed more than the three people that it did.