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Bow Tie Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper and Cream Sauce

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings
Bow tie pasta with roasted red peppers and cream sauce delivers a rich flavor in this quick and easy recipe. Balsamic vinegar helps balance the natural sweetness of the red peppers.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 424
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 10.7 g
  • satfat 5.6 g
  • monofat 3.7 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 17.6 g
  • carbohydrate 62.9 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 383 mg
  • calcium 222 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers; cook 2 minutes or until heated through. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in vinegar; cook 1 minute or until liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

  3. Place bell pepper mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Return bell pepper mixture to pan; cook over low heat until warm. Combine half-and-half and tomato paste in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir tomato mixture into bell pepper mixture, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Stir in ground red pepper.

  4. Combine pasta and bell pepper mixture in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup cheese, tossing to coat. Spoon 1 1/3 cups pasta into each of 6 bowls; top each with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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