Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Pasta

Creamy roasted red pepper tomato sauce served with fusilli pasta. A simple and flavourful pasta dish great for students or anyone on a budget! 

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I think my obsession with pasta is almost as big, maybe even bigger than my cheesecake obsession? 😉

How you can blame me? Pasta is such a versatile ingredient and the choices are endless. I could eat pasta every night of the week and not get bored. I kid you not, when we holidayed in Italy a couple of summers back we ate pasta nearly every single night.

I particularly love sharing these kinds of recipes because being a student I’m always on the lookout for easy and cheap meals that don’t lack flavour or require me to spend hours standing over a hot stove. Sometimes all I want is a dinner that’s both comforting and good for me. And yes, it is possible!

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I’ve been planning to make this sauce for a long time now. I’ve based the recipe on my marinara and arrabbiata sauces, but I changed my classic tomato sauce by adding roasted red bell pepper and double cream. I really love roasted peppers, as the peppers roast they get sweeter and charr and the charring adds incredible intense flavour to the sauce.

To prepare the sauce, I roasted 3 large red bell peppers with a red onion, a few cloves of garlic, olive oil, dried thyme, oregano, chilli flakes for 30 minutes until all the vegetables were soft and the peppers were starting to caramelise and charr slightly. Once the vegetables were roasted I added them to a saucepan along with a can of chopped tomatoes and a pinch of sugar to add extra sweetness to the tomatoes. Then I left the sauce to gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes then I took it off of the heat and blitzed it until it was smooth. Finally I added double cream which brings a delicious creaminess and richness to the sauce.

The final step is to put a pot of salted water onto boil and cook your pasta to packet instructions. I went for fusilli (we have a 3kg bag in the store-cupboard waiting to be cooked with < can you tell we’re a family of pasta lovers?), but really this sauce suits all kinds of pasta shapes, linguine, spaghetti or even penne, so use whatever you have in.

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

3 large red bell peppers

1 red or white onion

3 large cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste

400g (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

Generous pinch of sugar

4 tablespoons double cream

To serve:

400-500g dried fusilli or any other pasta shape

Freshly grated Parmesan

Fresh chopped basil or parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160° Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Slice the red pepper and onion up into medium sized chunks and half each garlic clove. Evenly spread the vegetables out onto a large baking tray. Scatter over the herbs (dried thyme, oregano and chilli flakes) and drizzle over the olive oil. Season well with salt and black pepper and roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Once the vegetables are roasted place them in a large saucepan along with the can of chopped tomatoes and a generous pinch of sugar. Stir and then bring the sauce up to the boil. Once boiling simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes. Blitz the sauce in a food processor or with a hand blender until smooth and no chunks remain. Stir through the cream and add any extra seasoning if needed.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Once the pasta is cooked drain it and add it and stir through the sauce. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan, crumbled goats cheese or feta cheese. Garnish with chopped basil or parsley if you desire.

Recipe Notes:

  • Omit the double cream for almond milk and leave the Parmesan out to make this dish suitable for vegans. Omit the Parmesan for a vegetarian substitute to make this dish suitable for vegetarians.

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Linguine Gamberi

Linguine with prawns flavoured with chilli, lemon, garlic and parsley. One of the tastiest seafood pasta dishes you will try and it’s all ready in less than 15 minutes!

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I came up with this recipe when I was on holiday in Sardinia a couple of years ago, where the majority of our meals were based around the fresh seafood on offer and most nights we ate pasta. This dish is perfect to eat anytime of year – it’s a great al fresco meal for the summer, but also extremely flavourful and warming in the colder months too. I love this recipe because fresh flavours are brought together to create an amazing seafood dish that takes hardly any time to make and has to be one of the best dinners you could eat! Just eating this dish transports me back to the beautiful sunny Italian island!

Pasta dishes are definitely one of my specialities! Pasta is a very versatile ingredient, I have shared many different creations on the blog so far, including this spaghetti with marinara sauce and this delicious pesto linguine with halloumi cheese and roasted tomatoes.

This linguine gamberi is truly one of my go-to quick dinner recipes. It would definitely be my last meal on earth – I LOVE anything with garlic butter!

The recipe is based on one of my favourite pasta sauces, aglio e olio – which is simply a sauce made out of garlic oil, you can also add some pepperoncino (chilli flakes) if you like too! All you have to do to make this dish is cook some linguine or any other of your favourite pasta shapes, flavour the oil with garlic, red chilli and lemon, then gently cook the prawns. Add some butter – which adds the indulgence and helps keep the prawns tender and then toss together with the cooked drained pasta. It couldn’t be any simpler!

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I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love a bowl of this pasta for their dinner! Comfort food to the max. This is sure to impress anyone who tries it! Serve with a big glass of chilled white wine for the ultimate dinner, perfect for any night of the week! Enjoy the recipe guys!

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(Serves 4 portions)

Ingredients –

500g dried spaghetti

225g raw tiger prawns, cleaned and de-veined

75g butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 – 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 unwaxed lemon, zest + juice of half

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Method –

1. Cook the linguine in salted boiling water according to the packets instructions.

2. Once the pasta is near enough cooked, add the olive oil to a large frying pan. Gently sauté chopped garlic, chilli and lemon zest until fragrant, then add the prawns and the lemon juice and continue cooking for about 3 minutes or until they start to turn pink in colour.

3. Once the prawns are cooked add the butter and cook on a medium heat to warm the prawns completely through and melt the butter. Toss the drained pasta and prawns together in the pan. I also like to sprinkle over a little freshly grated parmesan too. Serve in pasta bowls and enjoy!

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Original recipe posted October 2013

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More pasta recipes you may like:

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce 

Pesto Linguine with Halloumi & Roasted Tomatoes 

Spaghetti with Courgettes, Chilli, Lemon & Garlic 

Enjoy the recipe!

jess

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce with spaghetti. A delicious dinner recipe served warm with a sprinkling of Parmesan and garnished with basil leaves. Comfort in a bowl! 

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I don’t know why, but it’s taken a little too long to finally get round to sharing my family favourite tomato sauce. This tomato sauce is absolutely perfect to serve and toss into pasta or top pizzas with and it’s also a recipe I’ve been making for many years now. I guarantee, once you’ve tasted this divine sauce you will never reach for a pre-made tomato sauce ever again!

The sauce is rich, sweet and incredibly delicious – this is thanks to the cooking time which allow the flavours to develop and enrich. I think pasta with any kind of sauce is the epitome of comfort food for me. Marinara tossed into the cooked pasta and topped with Parmesan is the best meal and transports me back to summers spent in Italy.

I wanted to share a simple and basic recipe because these types of recipes always great to have in your cooking repertoire. As I said this marinara sauce can be used in mostly any Italian dish. As I mentioned above, I top homemade pizzas with it but you could also replace the pasta and use courgetti (zucchini noodles) and enjoy a low-carb meal. I also love to toss in a few grilled or roasted veggies to the mix. The choices are really endless, this tasty sauce is extremely versatile! If you don’t want to use pasta, just simply dip some good crusty bread into the sauce for a quick and tasty lunch/snack.

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(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium white onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

A large pinch of dried oregano and any other dried herbs you like (approx. 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon)

2 bay leaves, torn

2 tablespoons tomato purée

Pinch sugar

Juice from 1/2 lemon

400g (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

1/2 can water (roughly 200ml), add more if needed

To serve –

400g spaghetti (or any other pasta you like – short pasta like fusilli or penne both work well)

Freshly grated Parmesan or other cheese of your choice, to serve

Fresh basil leaves

Method:

1. Gently heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. SautĂ© the diced onion until soft – about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and herbs and continue to cook until fragrant (another minute or so). Season to taste.

2. Add the tomato purée and a pinch of sugar and cook out for another minute. Add the canned tomatoes, lemon juice and half can of water and bring the sauce up to the boil. Once boiling, turn down to a low heat and simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours. It should be thick and glossy by the end of the cooking time.

3. To serve, remove the bay leaves. Boil some water and season well with salt. Cook the pasta until al dente, this is usually a couple of minutes less than the packet instructions suggest. Drain the pasta well, reserving a little extra pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed. Add the tomato sauce and toss together with the cooked spaghetti. Season if it needs and serve up in bowls. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and garnish with basil leaves.

Best eaten warm, but the sauce is also great packed up for lunch the next day. This sauce will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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I love serving this pasta with a slice of homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia!

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Greek Orzo Salad

This orzo combines all my favourite Greek flavours into a tasty pasta salad perfect for summer. I love making this orzo ready to take out for picnics or to serve as a side dish at BBQ’s. The best thing about this recipe is you can make it the night before and leave it in the fridge ready for the next days lunch or dinner. Each bowlful of this divine pasta salad is packed full of fresh sweet cherry tomatoes, tangy red onion, refreshing cucumber and salty crumbled feta. Serve alongside lemon chicken or souvlaki for an amazing Greek feast!

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(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil

2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (optional)

225g (8 ounces) dried orzo

250g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium cucumber, sliced

1/2 red onion, diced

110g (4 ounces/1 cup) Greek feta, crumbled – add more if you like

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Cook the orzo according to the packet instructions (mine took 8 minutes). Once cooked, drain and cool with cold running water. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and garlic granules (if using). Add the tomato, cucumber, red onion and cooked orzo. Crumble in the feta and season. Gently mix being careful not to break the feta up too much.

3. This pasta is best served chilled, I like to rest it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, but the longer time it can sit the better the flavour.

Note: If not serving straight away, store the pasta salad in an airtight container and place in the fridge until ready to serve. It will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Spaghetti with Courgettes, Chilli, Garlic and Lemon

I will take any excuse to eat pasta for dinner every night of the week. When I was on holiday in Sardinia we ate pasta every single night! I think pasta is amazing and it’s extremely versatile as you can combine so many different amazing flavours into one dish. This pasta dish is a firm favourite of mine and my family. We love eating it in the spring or summer because it’s super fresh, incredibly quick to make and tastes delicious! In 3 easy steps, you’ll have a flavourful pasta dish on your table in under 15 minutes!

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Ingredients:

400g spaghetti (you can use whatever pasta you like, penne works really well too)

2 large courgettes, chopped

1 red chilli, finely chopped

2-3 large cloves of garlic, finely minced

Zest of 1 large unwaxed lemon

65g unsalted butter

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Put your pasta onto boil and cook according to the packet instructions – I like my pasta served al dente.

2. Heat a good glug (sorry about the terminology!) of olive oil into a large frying pan, sauté the chopped courgette for 5 minutes on medium heat, then turn up the heat and cook for a further 3-4 more minutes. Now add the garlic, chilli and lemon and cook for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Finish by adding the butter and cook until all the butter has melted. Season and then toss in the cooked and drained pasta.

3. Mix the pasta through the sauce, then mix through a generous amount of Parmesan (as much as you like!). Serve in pasta bowls and finish with an extra grating of Parmesan. you can never have enough in my opinion!

Enjoy!

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Creamy Porcini Mushroom Pasta

Spaghetti with porcini mushroom cream sauce. A great dinner recipe that takes only 15 minutes to prepare. 

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I’m sharing an easy and quick recipe that would be brilliant for dinner any night of the week. This creamy porcini mushroom pasta is one of my family’s favourite savoury recipes. I love using porcini mushrooms because they have a unique earthy and slightly nutty flavour. A small amount of porcini goes a very long way and just a couple of small handfuls transform this simple cream sauce into something extra special! Porcini are delicious in all kinds of Italian recipes, such as risotto, broths and soups and sauces.

I love making this dish on busy weeknights when I don’t have the energy or time to cook something extravagant for dinner because it takes hardly any time at all to prepare.

The recipe serves 4 very hungry people or 6 for a lighter meal or starter portion. It’s rich, comforting and perfect meal for all seasons! Just make sure you cook your pasta until it’s al dente (it should have bite and be slightly firm) and don’t forget to serve the dish with lots of freshly grated Parmesan and chopped parsley.

(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

400-500g dried spaghetti or any other pasta shape

Knob of butter

Good drizzle of olive oil

1 small shallot or onion, finely diced

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

25g dried porcini mushrooms

300ml double cream

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Place the dried porcini in a small bowl and pour over 200ml of boiling water. Allow them to rehydrate for 5 minutes.
  2. Cook your pasta according to the packet instructions.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan or saucepan. SautĂ© the diced shallot/onion and garlic until it’s soft and has become transparent.
  4. Drain the porcini from the mushroom stock and set the liquid aside. Finely chop the drained porcini and add to the pan. Add the mushroom stock and simmer for 1-2 minutes until the stock has slightly reduced.
  5. Turn the heat down to low and add the cream. Allow the cream to simmer for a few minutes until it has thickened. Finally, add the drained pasta to sauce and toss to coat. At this point I like to toss through a nice handful of grated Parmesan. It adds gorgeous salty flavour! Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes:

  • For my original recipe posted in March 2014 I used homemade pasta, however dried or fresh pasta can be used.
  • I recommend cooking the pasta until it’s al dente, so a few minutes less than the packet instructions advise.

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Spaghetti Gamberi

I came up with this recipe when I was on holiday in Sardinia last year where the majority of our meals were based around the fresh seafood on offer. This dish is perfect to eat anytime of year. My family loves the dish this time of year because it’s a delicious reminder of the summer and the al fresco meals we enjoyed whilst on holiday. I love this recipe because it tastes so fresh and flavourful and takes less than 15 minutes to make!

Spaghetti Gamberi- Simple Italian food but extremely tasty

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

500g dried spaghetti

225g raw tiger prawns, cleaned and de-veined

75g butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Method:

1. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water according to the packets instructions.

2. Once the pasta is near enough cooked (al dente), add the olive oil to a large frying pan. Cook the prawns along with the garlic, chilli and lemon zest for about 3 minutes or until they start to turn pink in colour.

3. Then add the butter and cook for another 3 minutes on a low-medium heat to warm the prawns completely through and melt the butter. Serve the prawns and butter sauce on top of the cooked and drained pasta in a bowl and before serving add a good squeeze of fresh lemon.

Enjoy!

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