Pasta with Pesto and Roasted Peppers

Pasta with Pesto and Roasted Peppers

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So many of my son’s favorite foods are wrapped up in this one recipe: Pasta with Pesto and Roasted Peppers. I like to use a pasta with ridges because the ridges give the pesto a place to latch onto and bring you more flavor. Add freshly roasted red pepper, loads of freshly grated Parmesan and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and you have a truly delicious meal or side dish that can be served at room temperature.

Note: Replace pine nuts with toasted sunflower seeds in the Pesto and as a garnish if anyone is allergic to nuts.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Pasta with Pesto and Roasted Peppers

By Gloria Kobrin Published: May 17, 2015

  • Yield:

  • 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pesto
  • 1 pound fusilli/campanelli
  • 2 ounces pine nuts toasted
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan

Equipment

  • long handled tongs
  • paper bag
  • large pot
  • colander

Directions

  1. To roast peppers: Place one pepper in the center of your burner. Turn the flame on high and roast pepper until it is black on all sides. I do one at a time and turn them carefully with a long handled tongs. When they are fully charred, put them in a paper bag and let them steam for 10-15 minutes. Remove peppers from bag, peel off the skin and remove the seeds. I like to do this over a colander so clean up is easier.
  2. To assemble: Bring Pesto to room temperature. Boil pasta in salted water until it is al dente. Don't over boil it. The pasta should retain a "bite". Drain pasta in colander. Do not rinse it with water. Pour pasta into serving bowl. Toss with pesto. Arrange pepper strips over the pasta. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and serve. Offer more Parmesan on the side.