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March 24, 2024 | Shadow Ranch

March Food Pairing with 2022 Tempranillo Release

March Tempranillo Release and Food Pairing

The 2022 Tempranillo has been released and boy do we love it! This vintage has notes of raspberry and bit of lavender on the aroma. Beautifully smooth, this wine is ready to pour for your next dinner party or just a night cooking for yourself at home. Looking for something easy to put together and delicious to pair? Look no further than this Manchego and Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese recipe! Given that Tempranillo is a Spanish varietal, Kimari created this recipe with Spain in mind, pairing rich manchego cheese and spicy chorizo sausage. We loved this recipe and we hope you will too!

Image of a bowl of chorizo and manchego macaroni and cheese sitting on a table with a bottle of Tempranillo and glass of red wine behind it

Manchego and Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 8 Tbs butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ lb Manchego cheese shredded
  • ½ cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ Tbs salt
  • ¼ Tbs pepper
  • ½ Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Splash of pasta water


Cook macaroni according to the directions.

While the pasta is cooking make the sauce. Start by melting the butter. Add the onions cook 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic cook 1 minute. Add the flour and cook a few minutes until the flour is slightly browned. Add the milk and cheese and whisk until smooth. Add the seasonings, mustard and some pasta water if the sauce is too thick. Cook the chorizo and drain the fat off. Add the chorizo to the sauce then add the macaroni. Put all in baking dish and bake for 20 minutes and serve.


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