Cavatappi with Chorizo and Black Beans
The full, earthy Tex-Mex flavors of chorizo, black beans and chili blend perfectly, if somewhat unexpectedly, with corkscrew-shaped macaroni.Plus: More Pasta Recipes and Tips
• For firm canned black beans rather than the usual mushy, overprocessed specimens, we prefer the Goya brand.
• If you use tomato paste in small quantities, consider buying a tube of one of the imported Italian brands. The tube lasts a long time in the refrigerator, just like anchovy paste, so you won't have to open a whole can for one or two tablespoons.
A sparkling wine or crisp Sauvignon Blanc from California—or even a Mexican beer—is a good foil for this spicy dish.