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Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper and Cream Sauce

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 6 servings
Roasted red peppers and cream sauce deliver rich flavor in this quick and easy pasta recipe. Balsamic vinegar helps balance the natural sweetness of the red peppers.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked gluten-free seashell pasta (such as Tinkyada)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin 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) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 442
  • fat 12.3 g
  • satfat 6.4 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 14 g
  • carbohydrate 66.8 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 4.9 mg
  • sodium 422 mg
  • calcium 305 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

  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 thoroughly heated. 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 serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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