Angel Hair Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce



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This pasta is a great summer meal that is colorful, flavorful and easy to prepare. Even my dad, who doesn’t like red peppers, ate and enjoyed this pasta!


Angel Hair Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Angel hair pasta with roasted red pepper sauce makes a quick and easy weeknight meal.

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16 ounces angel hair pasta
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic, sliced
one 12 to 13 ounce jar of roasted red peppers, about 1 1/2 cups–drained
1/2 cup half-and-half
pinch of cayenne pepper
fresh basil leaves to garnish


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta as directed on the package.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, reduce to medium and cook until the onions are softened and translucent. Stir occasionally. Place the cooked onion and garlic, drained red peppers, half-and-half and cayenne in a food processor or blender and purée until smooth.
3. Drain the pasta, return to pan, pour sauce over. Stir to coat the pasta with sauce. Serve with torn basil leaves.

adapted from The Dinner Doctor

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I loved this. Loved the subtle bite that the cayenne gave, loved the flavor of the sauce, and loved the freshness of the basil.
Husband’s take: This would by no means constitute a meal for him, but he enjoyed the pasta as a side dish.
Changes I would make: None. Might use whole wheat pasta next time, but that’s what I usually use. Use whichever you prefer.
Difficulty: So easy and SO quick!

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  2. Looks and reads FANtasticly. :) I make a roasted red bell pepper and feta dip. I don’t find the taste from the jar to be enough with the feta. I am going to try this with the jarred peppers. Much quicker and a lot less fuss. :)

  3. red pepper pasta sauce is one of my favorites! especially when it’s filled with feta, too. yum.

  4. I just found tonight’s dinner! This sounds delish!

  5. I would probably add some fried tofu or some shrimps, but than this would make for a great satisfying dinner. Angel hair pasta is just the best!

  6. My husband claims to hate pasta, but what he really hates is tomato sauce, so this might be the perfect dish to convert him with! I know exactly what you mean by your intro…I couldn’t stand meat or anything that meant standing over a stove for a long time when I was pregnant, either.

  7. This is one of those totally simple dishes that saves your life when you’re craving pure deliciousness, but don’t have a lot of time. I love that you used roasted red peppers and topped with fresh basil!

  8. oh, this looks super good. i love easy pasta dishes and ones that are as flavorful and creamy as this!

  9. I simply adore easy + vegetarian. Roasted red peppers are a hit around here too. I love this!

  10. Thank you! A pasta dish with no nuts or tomatoes that isn’t super fatty. My husband is allergic to both, making life difficult..

  11. What a perfect dinner! Totally pinned this one :)

  12. Rachel, this looks great and I love that it’s so simple!

  13. this sounds perfect for a weeknight meal

  14. Yum! Pasta is my favorite and this is the perfect sauce! I could eat this entire bowl (maybe two)!

  15. This sounds amazing. I would have never thought to make a roasted red pepper sauce! Love the idea! I think I might make this for dinner tonight–I was planning on pasta with boring marinara sauce!

  16. Love how easy this is but it sounds so very tasty!

  17. I love roasted red peppers and I love pasta! This is perfect! :)

  18. Can’t get much easier than that! Look wonderful!

  19. Great looking plate of pasta. This recipe sounds great! Can’t wait to try it! :) :)

  20. I love roasted red pepper anything!! This is a great one to add to my list! I want that baby boy to be here already! I can’t wait!

  21. This is RIGHT up my alley! Garlic, Peppers, and Cayenne?! Come. to. momma! ;)

  22. Mmmmm…I love simple pastas. This sauce looks so yummy!

  23. I {heart} roasted red pepper ANYTHING! Looks great :)

  24. This looks wonderful! Love the simplicity of this dish. A great, easy weeknight meal, for sure!

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