I love Cooking Light and have made tons of recipes that have worked perfectly but this one was a flop. when cooking tomatoes with salt and pepper, pepper got a bit burnt and turned "sauce black." Yes, that was my fault but I also am not a fan of a sauce of pasta water and olive oil. ??? Not ever making this one again, tinkering or no.
So this recipe is great with a little tinkering. After the first round I changed the red pepper to just a pinch. I also switched adding back the pasta water to adding chicken stock instead. Ten times better that way with lots more flavor.
This was an ok dish. It's really good for using up garden veggies. A very hearty portion. Mine needed a bit more salt. My family liked it.
This is the first recipe from Cooking Light that has not been a big hit with my family. We also had a guest over for dinner. There were too many vegetables and it seemed too dry. Also, the red pepper made it a lot spicier than I expected. My 5 and 3 year old could not eat it because it was too spicy for them and made their lips burn. My husband actually got very sick in the middle of the night because it did not agree with him. Big disappointment! I have not had the non-light version so I cannot say how it compares.