April 16, 2009

Penne with Roasted Red Pepper (Capsicum) and Tomato Sauce


"Shall we have pasta for lunch/ dinner?" is a question that my daughter loves to hear. She likes pasta as much as she does pizza, and it would be a tough decision for her make a choice between the two. For me, cooking pasta usually means a filling and satisfying one-dish meal without having to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Last week, my husband was away on work so it was just the two of us at home. It has been getting pretty warm here and the last thing I wanted to do was spend time in the kitchen. But we were both feeling quite hungry and Akshaya wanted pasta.




Right at the top of vegetable bin in my fridge, were some red bell peppers (capsicum) which I needed to use up as we would be away on a short vacation later in the week. We were not in the mood for anything heavy or with cheese in it, so I came up with this slightly different sauce to serve with the pasta.


Ingredients:


250gm penne

1 tsp oil


For the sauce:


1 big red pepper (capsicum)

2 big tomatoes

1 big onion, sliced

1 tsp + 1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp red chilli flakes (or to taste)

2 to 3 tbsp broken walnuts

1 tbsp honey

salt to taste

1 tsp dried Italian herbs, or herbs of choice



Method:


Cook the penne in adequately salted water till done "al dente". Drain, rinse in cold water and drain. Add 1 tsp oil and mix well till the pasta is well coated. This will keep the penne from sticking. Keep aside.


To make the sauce:


Lightly brush the bell pepper (capsicum) with oil and roast/ grill till the outer skin is well blistered. Rub off or peel the skin and chop the bell pepper into pieces. Similarly roast/ grill the tomatoes, peel them and chop them up.
Heat 1 tsp oil and sauté the onions till soft and light brown. Allow to cool a little bit.
Now puree the chopped bell pepper, the tomato, the caramelized onions and the walnuts.

Heat the 1 tbsp of olive oil; add the garlic paste and sauté a couple of times. Add the puree, chilli flakes and salt and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat, adding a bit of water to adjust the sauce to required consistency. Add the honey and the herbs. Cook for another minute and take the sauce off the heat.

Serve warm over penne (garnishing with cheese if preferred) with some salad and/ or fruit on the side. This recipe serves 3 to 4.


I shall be away from Goa and blogging, on a short break. I shall therefore be able to acknowledge and reply to mails and T&T entries only on my return.

May I also once again gently remind everyone that the deadline for T&T submissions is the 30th of April, which is about 2 weeks away?


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29 comments:

Arundathi said...

Looks delicious. Am sure the sauce was great. better get working on the t&t...

Parita said...

Looks yummy, i love pastas, have never used walnuts in pasta sause, should try once, thanks for posting it...

kahliyalogue said...

As your daughter,I too am a serious pasta fan..and I also adore red peppers!Love the sauce you`ve prepared..using walnuts!How creative..makes me think of a vegetarian bolognese!Think I`ll try it even today!
Enjoy your trip..! :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Red bell peppers & pasta rock...great sauce Aparna!Have a good trip. Where you off to?

sra said...

Have fun on your vacation!

Rachel said...

Have a fun trip!

Asha said...

Pasta looks yum. Enjoy your vacation. I will post for you before April ends, trying to catch up with all of the events! :D

Jamie said...

Aparna the pasta looks wonderful. It's so simple yet so fulfilling at the same time!

Prathibha said...

Lovely pasta aparna...
Enjoy your vacation!!
Imagine every1 wants to come to ur place for vacation,but you are running away from your place for vacation!!

Sharmila said...

Am for anything without cheese ... love the look of the sauce. :-)
Enjoy your break. :-)

Nandini Vishwanath said...

Throw in some bread into that sauce and you have an exotic Spanish sauce ;) - Romesco!

But I love red peppers and this sauce is perfect for A who loves Pasta as much as Akshaya if not more!

Ashwini said...

Love the roasted pepper sauce with pasta..yumm. Have a wonderful trip..

A_and_N said...

Err.hmm.. the Nandini is me, N!

Pavani said...

Love tomato based sauces and add red pepper to that, it becomes divine.. Your pasta dish looks yum..

Divya Vikram said...

The pasta sauce looks rich n creamy with the nuts. have a great vacation.

Superchef said...

mmm..nice sauce..especially loved the honey in it. Have a great vacation!

Cham said...

I made once with roasted bell pepper from Indira's blog, was tasted so good. Love this sauce!

Vaishali said...

That sounds like an utterly flavorful and delicious sauce. And that color's to die for.

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

Just the kind I would make for my daughter too when I dont feel like cooking. I made something for T&T but too bad I could not take any photos and kind of goofed off.

Suparna said...

Hi Aparna,
LOL...at pratibha's comment but it's so true ;)neways...Thanks so much for a easy pasta sauce recipe(all the ingredients are within my reach :)) the dish looks delicious and bright!
Have a great vacation!
TC

Bharti said...

I made something like that today...its delicious Aparna. Have a fun break!

Madhumathi said...

The sauce looks simple and yummy..I love love love this one..Will surely give this a try :)

Sia said...

i am not much of a past afan but this recipe of roasted bell pepper sauce is something i would definately like to try :)

Prathibha said...

I know that u r on a vacation..
once you r back plz chk my blog dear, something is waiting for you!!

Simran said...

Lovely picture. I usually make my pasta without cheese and this is my all time favorite sauce.

Red Chillies said...

Same here, both me and my son love pastas, but not my husband. Like your version.
Have a great vacationa and come back soon.

Pavithra said...

Looking good , great pictures

Jude said...

Can't wait to get my hands on the first tomatoes of the summer. Yum!

Aparna said...

Thanks again to all of you. We had been to Mumbai for a short break and are back to our respective routines now. :)

Prathibha, we have to go somewhere don't we? :D

Thanks for that tip, Nandini. For me, it can't get better (ok it can) than pasta and bread! :)

That's ok, Srimathi. Maybe you can make something else?

Thanks Prathibha for passing on the award to me.