If you have ever lived in a different country, you know that recipes never turn out the same from country to country. It could be that foods taste a bit different or something simply “doesn’t exist” in that country, here’s looking at you, sour cream, bagels and good quality bacon. I once learned to make green bean casserole from scratch in order to satisfy a craving for one of my fall favorites. However, in the end. I found it was easiest to just adapt to my local (Día or Carrefour) ingredients.

Here are a couple simple, cheap and delicious recipes that were on the menu just about every week when I lived in Spain and tailored to Spanish grocery stores. Both of these recipes will be cooked on a stovetop and you will need a pot, a pan, a strainer and a spatula. Feel free to try to imitate them outside of Spain, they never turn out how I want!

Simple macarrones a la carbonara

Cooking time: About 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 250 g pasta (1/2 of a bag)
  • 200 g tiras de bacon
  • 500 ml nata de cocinar (two small boxes or one 1/2 L box)ingredientes-carbonara
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • Sauté the tiras de bacon in a pan on medium-high heat until cooked. Bring down the heat to low-medium and add the nata de cocinar to that same pan, bring to a simmer while stirring.
  • Once the tiras de bacon/nata de cocinar sauce has simmered, add it in to the pot of already cooked pasta.
  • Add mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!

*Tip: Sauté onions or mushrooms with the tiras de bacon to add some extra flavor! Also, feel free to add more or less nata de cocinar to the recipe, some people prefer more or less sauce!

Simple macarrones con chorizo

This simple recipe is really special to my boyfriends family. It is something that his grandmother used to prepare weekly for his mom growing up in the 70’s and then for him when he went to visit, while growing up in the 90’s. When my boyfriend was a kid, he remembers how special it would be when he would get an extra piece of chorizo on his plate!

Cooking time: About 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 250 g pasta (1/2 of a bag)
  • 200 g chorizo
  • 500 ml tomate frito
  • salt
  • pepper

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Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • Cut the chorizo as desired. I prefer 1/4 inch slices, others prefer thinner. Sauté the chorizo in a pan on medium-high heat (don’t let it burn!). Bring down the heat to low-medium and add the tomato frito to that same pan, bring to a simmer while stirring.
  • Once the chorizo/tomate frito sauce has simmered, add it to the pot of already cooked & strained pasta.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  • Enjoy!

*Tip: Use good quality chorizo and you will taste the difference in this recipe!

Have any of your Spanish roommates made either of these recipes? I know they are favorites of my Spanish friends.

¡Que aproveche!

Kate

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One thought on “What’s for lunch? Part 1

  1. Mmm! No solo son faciles de hacer, son deliciosas. Recomendaria acompañar con una buena ensalada y una fruta del tiempo de postre y a disfrutar… ñan, ñan

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