Pasta of any sort is such a staple in my kitchen, and I’m always experimenting with new pasta recipes.
After much playing around with different recipe ideas, this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is my new go-to! My family and I absolutely love it!
This creamy roasted red pepper pasta is quick, easy, nutritious and super delish. You only need a handful of ingredients, a blender, a saucepan and you’re good to go!
The recipe is totally vegan; made with totally plant based and gluten free ingredients. It’s perfect dinner for a group of people as it’s suitable for many dietary preferences.
If you make this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta then please make sure to comment below or tag me in your recreations over on Instagram using @ginabnutrition – I love to see them! Happy cooking!
Does Salt and Pepper Go on Pasta?
Yes, salt and pepper are commonly used to season pasta dishes. Adding salt to the pasta water before boiling helps to season the pasta itself as it absorbs some of the salt during cooking. This step is important because pasta on its own can taste bland without proper seasoning.
Pepper, on the other hand, is often added as a finishing touch to the dish, either while preparing the sauce or when serving the pasta. It adds a subtle kick of heat and flavor that can enhance the overall taste of the dish. Ground black pepper is the most common type used, but you can also use freshly cracked black pepper for a more pronounced flavor.
How To Make Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
These are the ingredients you’ll need to make my creamy roasted red pepper pasta…
- Red Bell Peppers: Roasting the red bell peppers brings out their natural sweetness and imparts a smoky flavor, which adds depth and complexity to the pasta sauce. The peppers also contribute a vibrant red color to the dish.
- Garlic: Garlic is a flavor enhancer that adds aromatic and savory notes to the pasta sauce. Roasting the garlic cloves helps mellow out their sharpness and adds a subtle caramelized flavor.
- Olive Oil (for roasting): Olive oil not only aids in roasting the peppers and garlic but also adds richness and a fruity undertone to the sauce.
- Tomato Puree: Tomato puree provides a tangy and slightly sweet base for the pasta sauce. It enhances the overall depth of flavor and complements the roasted red peppers’ sweetness.
- Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast serves as a vegan alternative to cheese, adding a cheesy and umami flavor to the sauce. It contributes to the overall creaminess and richness of the dish.
- Salt & Pepper: These basic seasonings are essential for balancing the flavors and enhancing the taste of all the other ingredients.
- Chilli Flakes: The pinch of chili flakes adds a subtle heat and complexity to the dish, elevating its flavor profile and providing a hint of spiciness.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This olive oil adds a finishing touch of richness and fruity flavor to the pasta. It helps bind the sauce and pasta together.
- Soy Milk or Dairy-Free Milk: Using soy milk or dairy-free milk makes the sauce creamy without the need for traditional dairy products. It contributes a smooth texture and a slight creaminess to the dish.
- Spaghetti/Pasta: The pasta serves as the base of the dish, providing a satisfying and hearty component. It also helps absorb the flavors of the sauce.
- Fresh Basil: Fresh basil adds a burst of freshness and a pleasant herbal aroma to the dish. It not only enhances the visual appeal but also complements the other flavors.
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 2 Red Bell Peppers
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- Olive Oil (for roasting)
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- Salt & Pepper adjust to taste
- 1 Pinch Chilli Flakes
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Soy Milk or Dairy-Free Milk
- Spaghetti/Pasta for 2
- Fresh Basil for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 190c
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Chop the peppers into medium sized chunks and spread out on the tray
- Chop one end of each garlic clove and add these to the baking tray too
- Drizzle olive oil over the peppers and garlic along with a little salt and pepper
- Place in the oven and roast for around 20 minutes
- Put the spaghetti on to boil according to packet instructions
- (After 20 minutes) Take out the red pepper tray and add the pepper to a blender
- Squeeze out the garlic into the blender as well as the tomato puree, nutritional yeast, extra virgin olive oil, plant milk, chilli flakes, salt and pepper
- Blend on high until creamy
- When the spaghetti has finished cooking, drain it and add to the pan
- Mix in the creamy red pepper sauce and enjoy with a garnish of fresh basil
What is Red Pepper Sauce Made Of?
Red pepper sauce, often referred to as roasted red pepper sauce, is typically made from a combination of roasted red bell peppers and various seasonings. Here’s a basic recipe for making red pepper sauce:
- 2-3 red bell peppers
- Olive oil
- Garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: herbs (such as basil, oregano, or thyme), chili flakes, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, cream (dairy or non-dairy), etc., for additional flavor variations
As you can see, similar to my roasted red pepper pasta!
Is Red Pepper Sauce Good For You?
Red pepper sauce can be a flavorful and nutritious addition to your meals, especially when made with wholesome ingredients and used in moderation. Let’s break down some of the potential health benefits and considerations:
- Red Bell Peppers: The primary ingredient in red pepper sauce, red bell peppers, are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), and other vitamins and minerals.
- Nutritional Yeast: If your red pepper sauce recipe includes nutritional yeast, it can provide additional nutrients like B vitamins and protein. Nutritional yeast is also often fortified with vitamin B12.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is a healthy fat source that contains monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. It can contribute to heart health and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Garlic: Garlic contains compounds with potential health benefits, including immune system support and cardiovascular benefits.
- Caloric Content: While red pepper sauce can be nutritious, it can also be calorie-dense, especially if it contains added oils or creams. Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid excessive calorie intake.
- Sodium Content: Depending on the ingredients used, red pepper sauce can sometimes have added salt, especially if you’re seasoning the pasta and sauce. If you’re watching your sodium intake, you can control the amount of salt you add.
- Allergies and Sensitivities: Some people may have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients used in red pepper sauce, such as garlic or dairy. Make sure the sauce aligns with your dietary needs.
- Balance: While red pepper sauce can be nutritious, it’s important to balance it with other nutrient-rich foods in your diet, including a variety of vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.