Saturday, May 9, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This is a different kind of recipe. I found it over @ Pioneer Woman, and oh boy do I love it! I have already made it 4 times, & I don't see any reason to stop making it. All 3 of us will actually eat this meal... Not that us adults are picky by any means. I just think it should be a national holiday when Miss 2 Year Old Fussy Pants Eater will eat anything other than fruit snacks and cheetos. Maybe that's the real reason I have made this so many times; makes me feel like a good Mother.

Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

3 Red Bell Peppers
2 TBSP. Pine Nuts, toasted
1/2 Medium Onion, finely diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
Flat Leaf Parsley, finely minced
Fresh Shaved Parmesan
1/2 to 1 pound of Pasta, your choice!

First you need to roast your red peppers. You can do this on your broiler, but I prefer actually grilling them. Its kinda fun! I blacken them on Med/High heat for about 20 minutes, turning them occasionally. When you remove them, let them sit on a plate for a minute to slightly cool. Then place them in a ziplock bag to let them sweat it out. 

While they are doing there thing in the bag, toast your pine nuts, making sure to keep them moving in the pan...  burnt pine nuts stink!

When you finish this step, go ahead and mince up your garlic and slice your onion. Put them in a large skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. You will sautee these right before you add the peppers.

Next, grab your blender or food processor... this is the fun part! 

You will need to scrap off all the blackend portions of your peppers. Once you have removed the skins, stems and seeds, throw them into the food processor and blend to smitherines. Add the pine nuts and continue blending. 

Start cooking your pasta @ this point as well.

Now you need to sautee the onion/garlic mixture. Add the pepper puree and cook over medium to medium-low heat.

Just before your pasta is ready, add your cream and plenty of salt to the pepper sauce and let warm through. Taste to see if it needs more cream or salt.

Drain your pasta and add it to the pepper sauce. Serve it up & top with fresh parsley and shaved parmesan. 
Its delicious. One of Greg's Vegetarian friends even said so. And she speaks vegetable. 


  1. This sounds delicious but it also sounds like it is time consuming. Does it take you hours?

  2. I actually roast the peppers during the day and then make the sauce up when they have cooled. I will frequently do most of the process hours before. Then I just have to cook the pasta and do the cheese and parsley. Its really not too bad.

  3. This looks delicious! We love all these ingredients. We use pepper in almost every meal.

  4. I made this last night and LOVE it! Spencer thinks it needs a little chicken to "beef it up". DELICIOUS and healthy!