Rotini with Chorizo and Queso Fresco

Enjoy this modern twist on traditional Italian pasta with Mexican fusion. We have elevated pasta with Mexican favorites – chorizo, a highly seasoned pork sausage and queso fresco, a soft, salty and slightly tangy cheese. This crowd pleasing dish is finished with the rich, tangy and subtly smoky flavor of chef-crafted Cucina Moderna Vodka Sauce.
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Made With

Fire Roasted Vodka


  • 12 ounces uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 pound Mexican chorizo sausage
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound mini sweet peppers cut into thin rings
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 jar (20 ounces) CUCINA MODERNA® Fire Roasted Vodka Sauce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  • Cook pasta 1 min. less than directed on package. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Cook sausage 4-5 min. until rendered. Add onions, peppers and salt; cook, 3-4 min. until crisp-tender.
  • Add Cucina Moderna Vodka Sauce, pasta and reserved pasta water.
  • Mix gently 1-2 min. on low heat until well combined.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro before serving with lime wedges.


Traditional Mexican chorizo is a raw highly seasoned pork sausage often utilized in dishes for its flavor and drippings. It is usually available in the refrigerated meat case of the grocery store.