Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is an easy weeknight meal made by blending roasted bell peppers into a creamy sauce with tortellini, spinach, and cheese.  

I love having tortellini in the freezer for those nights when I want something delicious, without too much work.  Some of my other favorite pasta recipes that use tortellini include Creamy Tomato and Spinach Tortellini and Pesto Tortellini Pasta.

Whether you’re looking for a great meatless meal idea or just craving healthier comfort food, this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta will not disappoint! It’s easy to make and the flavors are delicious!

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper Pasta:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.

2. Roast the bell peppers: Turn oven to HIGH broil. Place the red bell pepper halves, skin side up, on a foil lined baking sheet press them flat with your hand.  Broil on the top rack of your oven for 10 minutes, or until the skins are mostly black. Remove from oven and transfer charred peppers to a plastic bag, allowing the peppers to steam in the bag for at least 10 minutes. Remove the bell peppers from the bag and peel the outer blackened skins off the tops of the peppers–they should slide off easily.

2. Sauté onions and garlic.  In the meantime, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

3. Blend: Transfer the mixture to your blender or food processor. Chop the peppers and add them with the onions in your blender. Process everything until smooth.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

4. Finish sauce: Pour the mixture back into your skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and season with salt, and pepper. Stir in the cream. Stir in spinach. Add the cooked tortellini noodles and toss to coat. Add most of the parmesan cheese (reserving a little for topping in each individual bowl). Sprinkle parsley on top.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Make Ahead Instructions:

To save time, roast the bell peppers and sauté the onions, garlic, and butter and then blend it all in a food processor (see step 3 of the recipe).  Store this mixture, covered, in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish the meal, then cook the tortellini and continue with step 4.

Variations:

  • Pasta: Use any type of pasta you like, including penne and shell noodles.
  • Veggies: add additional chopped veggies including zucchini, mushrooms or whatever you like. Sauté veggies in step 3 with the onions and garlic.
  • Chicken: stir in chopped and cooked chicken at the final step of the recipe.
  • Vegan: substitute vegan butter, vegetable broth, and soy milk or coconut cream for the heavy cream. leave out the parmesan or add 6 Tbs raw cashews, 4 teaspoons, nutritional yeast, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 1/8 tsp. garlic powder to a food processor, blend until smooth and stir in to pasta in place of parmesan cheese.

Consider trying these tortellini recipes:

  • One Pan Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini
  • Vegetable Tortellini Soup
  • Creamy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
  • Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is an easy weeknight meal made by blending roasted bell peppers into a creamy sauce with tortellini, spinach, and cheese.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 497kcal
Author Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces tortellini (the refrigerated kind), cheese or chicken
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 large red bell peppers stems and seeds removed, cut in half vertically from stem to butt
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley ,or 1 tablespoon dried

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  • Turn oven to HIGH broil. Place the red bell pepper halves, skin side up, on a foil lined baking sheet. Press them flat with your hand.  Broil on the top rack of your oven for 10 minutes, or until the skins are mostly black. Remove from oven and transfer charred peppers to plastic bag. Close the opening and allow the peppers to steam in the bag for at least 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to your blender or food processor. 
  • Remove the bell peppers from the bag and peel the outer blackened skins off the tops of the peppers–they should slide off easily. Add the peppers to the blender. Process everything until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture back into your skillet over medium heat. Add chicken broth and season with salt, and pepper. Stir in cream. Stir in spinach. Add the cooked tortellini noodles and toss to coat. Add most of the parmesan cheese (reserving a little for topping in each individual bowl). Sprinkle parsley on top.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: To save time, roast the bell peppers and sauté the onions, garlic, and butter and then blend it all in a food processor (see step 3 of the recipe).  Store this mixture, covered, in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish the meal, then cook the tortellini and continue with step 4.

Variations:

  • Pasta: Use any type of pasta you like, including penne and shell noodles. 
  • Veggies: add additional chopped veggies including zucchini, mushrooms or whatever you like. Sauté veggies in step 3 with the onions and garlic.
  • Chicken: stir in chopped and cooked chicken at the final step of the recipe.
  • Vegan: substitute vegan butter, vegetable broth, and soy milk or coconut cream for the heavy cream. leave out the parmesan or add 6 Tbs raw cashews, 4 teaspoons, nutritional yeast, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 1/8 tsp. garlic powder to a food processor, blend until smooth and stir in to pasta in place of parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3375IU | Vitamin C: 106.7mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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I originally shared this recipe July 2015. Updated September 2020.

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