Creamy Red Pepper Pasta
You MUST try this Creamy Red Pepper Pasta loaded with fresh basil. Starting with a sweet red bell pepper puree, this delicious sauce brings forward a mellow flavor that accentuates the pasta noodles without overpowering them. While sauce comes together quickly, it does require a few kitchen tools–a steamer basket, food processor and a mesh strainer. For a gluten free alternative, serve this sauce over spaghetti squash. Feel free to use any plain non-dairy milk in this sauce; however, I recommend using cashew milk for the creamiest results. Soy free. Gluten free option. Serves 2.
What You’ll Need
- 2 large red bell peppers, chopped into large pieces
- 1/4 cup cashew milk
- 1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp agave nectar, or to taste
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3/4 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
- 8 oz spaghetti, linguini or angel hair pasta
How To Make It
- Using a steamer basket, steam red pepper over boiling water for 10 minutes or until softened. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. While the red pepper is cooling, fill a large stock pot halfway and place it on the stove over high heat. You’ll use this boiling water for the pasta in step 5. If preferred, season the water with a little salt.
- Using a food processor or blender, puree your softened pieces of red pepper.
- Because we are making a sauce, let’s refine it one more time by pushing your processed red pepper puree through a mesh strainer into a large bowl.
- Now, whisk in all remaining ingredients except for the basil and pasta. Stir in the basil.
- In your stock pot, boil pasta for 5 minutes or until al dente. Meanwhile, pour your red pepper sauce into a large skillet. Warm the sauce over very low heat, stirring regularly.
- Using a pair of tongs, pull the al dente pasta from the boiling water and pile it into the sauce in the skillet. Don’t worry if you carry some of the water into the sauce, as the starch from the pasta water will improve the texture of the sauce. Turn off the heat and mix thoroughly.
- Dinner’s ready! Garnish your creamy red pepper pasta with fresh basil, fresh cracked pepper and non-dairy parmesan.
Creamy Red Pepper Pasta
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