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Grilled Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

45 min


10 ingredients or less

Simple meals are the best. This delicious roasted red pepper pesto pasta is a perfect weekday dinner idea, and comes together with under 10 ingredients. It's packed with veggies and makes a hearty meal for the whole family.



45 min


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  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil, divided over several steps
  • 2
    red bell peppers, quartered
  • 1
    orange bell pepper, quartered
  • ¼ tsp
    salt, divided over several steps
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground black pepper, divided over several steps
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1
    zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 14.1 oz (400 g)
    dry spaghetti noodles
  • ¼ cup (38 g)
    sun-dried tomato in oil, drained
  • ¼ cup (29 g)
    roasted walnuts
  • 1½ cups (201 g)
    frozen green peas

Optional garnish

  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley
  • roasted walnuts
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  1. Add half the oil to a large pan on high heat. When hot, add the bell peppers, and sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper overtop.
  2. Cook until the skin begins to blister, and then flip to cook on the other side. To speed up this recipe, you could alternatively skip this step and use roasted bell pepper from a jar.
  3. When the bell peppers are cooked through and blistered on both sides, push them to the side of the pan, add a small bit more oil, and cook the garlic until lightly golden, about 2 - 3 minutes. Transfer both the bell pepper and garlic to a food processor or blender.
  4. Return the same pan to the heat, and add more oil. When hot, cook the zucchini. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper, and try not to disturb the zucchini as it cooks, and give a flip only when golden.
  5. To a large pot of salted boiling water, add the pasta.
  6. Returning to the food processor, add in the sun-dried tomato, and walnuts. Blend until smooth, but some small chunks can remain, if desired.
  7. In the last two minutes of the pasta cooking, add the peas to the cooking water. When the pasta is al dente, drain. Then return the drained pasta to the pot.
  8. Add the cooked zucchini and blended red bell pepper mixture to the pot. Toss everything to coat.
  9. One heated through, serve while hot. Garnish if desired, and enjoy!


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Grains 59%

dry spaghetti noodles

Proteins 12%

roasted walnuts

frozen green peas

Fruits & Veggies 29%

red bell pepper

orange bell pepper

clove garlic


sun-dried tomato in oil, drained

No significant sources of calcium

olive oil

sun-dried tomato in oil, drained

roasted walnuts

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Diana - Nov. 22, 2021, 6:22 p.m.

Great recipe, thank you for sharing! I added broccoli instead of courgettes and green lentils instead of peas. The sauce is amazing. Will be making it again!

PUL Team - Nov. 22, 2021, 8:58 p.m.

Ooo thank you for sharing your modifications with the recipe, Diana! Delicious ideas ✨

Nhi - Nov. 22, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

We love this recipe. Yet, we used aubergine instead of courgette and it goes so well with the pesto.

PUL Team - Nov. 22, 2021, 8:51 p.m.

Mmm a wonderful substitution idea, Nhi, thank you!

Leah - Nov. 14, 2021, 11:25 p.m.

Great recipe! Just recently bought a new foodprocessor so we tried this recipe out for a family dinner and it was a hit! Even though all of my family love their meat and were skeptical, they loved it! It's very easy to make aswell, especially when you use the jarred peppers aswell like we did. I did add some extra salt to it for myself and ommited the peas (did try them with the peas but didn't like the taste a lot), so I think next time I might try it with some brocolli which I love a lot and saw someone else mention in the reviews. Either way would totally recommend this! It's quick and easy, healthy, packed with nutrition and very easily adjustable vegetable wise aswell as the taste isn't overpowering! So excited to try out more of your pasta recipes :)!

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2021, 12:50 a.m.

We're so grateful that the pasta was enjoyed, Leah, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it! Happy cooking ✨

Kaylin - Nov. 1, 2021, 9:22 p.m.

Absolutely amazing dish. Made it for the first time today. I love it and will definitely make it again!

Kim P. - Nov. 1, 2021, 9:15 a.m.

Hi, Sadia! You mentioned the sauce will keep in the fridge for 3 days but is it okay to freeze it? I would like to make a bigger batch, if possible. Thanks!

PUL Team - Nov. 4, 2021, 1:02 a.m.

Hi Kim, thanks for the question! We haven't tested it out so we can't say with certainty, although we imagine it would freeze well. Generally, pasta sauces freeze nicely in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You could let it thaw in the fridge or heat it up before enjoying 😊 We hope this helps for now!

Doutsen - Oct. 20, 2021, 6:02 p.m.

I replaced the green peas with roasted broccoli. I also replaced the walnuts with cashews and added some union. But wow, it was so so delicious. Even my father loved it though he hates pasta. Thank you so much Sadia!

PUL Team - Oct. 21, 2021, 1:42 a.m.

Mmm delicious substitutes, Doutsen, thank you for sharing 🤗

Janne - Oct. 7, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

I added a base of baby spinach on my plate before serving. And drizzled some hemp seed and flax seeds on top.
Really delicious and easy.
Thanks Sadia for another great recipe.

PUL Team - Oct. 8, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

Ooo that sounds very yummy! Thank you for taking the time to share, Janne ✨

Peter - Oct. 5, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

I replaced green peas with baby spinach and added fresh red chili along with garlic and it's just ridiculous how simple and tasty this is. Thank you for such an awesome recipe!

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

Mm thanks for sharing your substitutions, Peter! So happy the recipe was enjoyed :)

Melany - Sept. 30, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

Since I didn’t have walnuts or sunflowers, I used almonds and it gave it a nice taste! I’ll be doing this recipe more often.

PUL Team - Oct. 1, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

Thanks for sharing the substitute, Melany! Happy cooking ✨

Luci - Sept. 14, 2021, 6:46 a.m.

So delicious! Added some red pepper flakes for a kick :)

Nat - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:49 p.m.

I used a small fresh tomato instead of the sun dried tomatoes, and cooked the peppers in the broiler instead of on the pan. I also peeled off the charred skin of the peppers. It was pretty good!

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 8:20 p.m.

All lovely ideas, Nat! Thanks for sharing your experience with the pasta ✨

Clare - Aug. 31, 2021, 3:43 p.m.

Great recipe!

Clara - Aug. 28, 2021, 9:35 p.m.

Delicious and easy pasta recipe !! Also a great way to use any other veggies which you still might have in your fridge. 10/10 :))

Nadine - Aug. 25, 2021, 9 p.m.

The pesto featured in this recipe is really good! Great pasta dish.

Annamária Gálik - Aug. 17, 2021, 9:18 a.m.

I was surprised how sweet and full of flavours this meal without suger or any sweetener, its amazing how good and healthy at the same time! I cook only for myself so this portion provides me food for days and I can not be bored with it! And the scent in the house during the cooking is absolutely a big plus ;) Oh yeah, and it is not hard to make or takes a long time at all.

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 6:04 p.m.

We're so thrilled you enjoyed the pasta, Annamária, thank you!

Sam - Aug. 15, 2021, 1:18 a.m.

This recipe looks delicious, really looking forward to trying! My partner hates peas, is there any other veggie you would recommend as a substitute?

PUL Team - Aug. 15, 2021, 10:57 p.m.

Hey, Sam! You could omit the peas or replace them with any veggies you and your partner enjoy. Some ideas that may pair well are carrots, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms or more bell peppers/zucchini. We hope you enjoy the pasta 😃

Katta-Triin - Aug. 6, 2021, 5:43 p.m.

I'm newly vegetarian (planning on going vegan someday) and I've been loving salivating while looking through your videos for quite sometime, but when i saw this recipe i knew i had to try it. And I'm so glad i did! It's delicious and makes me feel so good knowing that I'm not eating just another soy burger. Mine didn't come out as saucy as in the video but I'm positive it was because i made too much spaghetti, but overall it's a true delight. I will be taking this into my menu for sure, Thank you!♡

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

Hi, Katta-Triin 🙂 We're so glad you enjoyed the pasta - it's super easy to add extra dry pasta! Thank you for the review and for allowing PUL to be part of your journey with food 🌻

Amélie - July 28, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

I made this recipe for the first time today, it's so tasty flavourful and delicious, and yet so quick to make! Will definitely have this recipe in my go-to rotation :D.

Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

There are so few ingredients in this pasta dish yet it is bursting with flavour just like any meal sadia shares. Honestly, there hasn’t been anything my family have tried and haven’t loved. Thank you Sadia Xxxx

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:14 a.m.

Aw you're too sweet, Hannah, so happy to have you in our PUL family 🥰

JosiePosie - July 25, 2021, 1:13 a.m.

This recipe is hot favourite in my home. So delicious, and wholesome. My husband who's a pure carnivore also loved this. Highly recommend!

Alicia G - July 25, 2021, 1:09 a.m.

This recipe is amazing!! So delicious! Makes your taste buds dance!

Rr Carmona - July 25, 2021, 1:07 a.m.

I really love this pesto pasta i also made this one and its the first time i eat something like this.
Thank you PUL FAMILY for giving us a lot option for healthy food and for encouraging us that eating healthy is not that bad at all
Thank you for giving your effort sharing your knowledge to us in way of making healthy foods
We pray that you continue to inspire so many million people until the end
Me and my partner will forever support you sadia or (saya by rob lol)and rob and PUL FAMILY.

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 9:02 p.m.

Thank YOU, Rr Carmona, for the glowing review and support! We appreciate having you here so much more than words can convey ✨💖

AlexandraP - July 23, 2021, 7:52 a.m.

Very easy and quick recipe. It’s tastes good.

Caro - July 22, 2021, 7:20 p.m.

I've made this recipe about 10 times already and haven't yet gotten tired of it! It's super quick and incredibly tasty :)

Neha - July 22, 2021, 7:29 a.m.

This was so so tasty! I was cooking for just myself and I remember that I had quite a lot left over to eat for the rest of the week.
I was honestly so sad when it ran out despite enjoying it every single day. Thank you PUL team <3

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:18 a.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the pasta, Neha, thank you for taking the time to share your review with us :)

Mallory - July 21, 2021, 8:52 a.m.

One of my favorite recipes I make when we have family over for dinner. Love the creamy texture. Spaghetti love!

PUL Team - July 22, 2021, 6:18 a.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the pasta, Mallory! Thank you for the review 🙂

Harveen - July 15, 2021, 2:50 p.m.

This is one of my all-time favourite pasta recipes. I love how the nuts just tie the whole thing together. I have made it a number of times.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:55 a.m.

Such a lovely compliment, Harveen, so happy you're enjoying the pasta 🤗

Lorraine - July 10, 2021, 1:11 p.m.

Les pâtes, ça marche toujours ! Et la sauce de poivrons est délicieuse

Hillary - July 9, 2021, 11:45 p.m.

LOVE this recipe so much!! was so exciting the first time we made it to realize how delicious yet fast and easy and simple to remember it was (+ healthy!). It’s definitely a regular for me now— my bf and I make it almost every week!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:11 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Hillary, and so happy you and your bf are enjoying it :)

CJ - July 9, 2021, 8:18 a.m.

This pasta recipe is so good!!!

Sharon - July 9, 2021, 4:41 a.m.

I typically don't repeat recipes, but I've made this recipe at least three times over the past 2-3 months. It's delicious! I became an instant fan of yours just from this recipe alone.

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 5:40 a.m.

We're so happy to have you in our PUL family, Sharon, thank you for the review and support!

Jaspreet Jawandha - July 9, 2021, 4:04 a.m.

Such a delicious recipe. Added to our favourite PUL recipes, which we cook on rotation.

Suditi Rahematpura - July 9, 2021, 3:11 a.m.

I keep coming back to this recipe all the time. It's just so good!

Caitlen - July 8, 2021, 9:42 p.m.

Abso-friggin-loved this recipe! It was a lot of effort with the whole grilling red peppers thing, and I have a tiny food processor so I had to do it in batches, but it was SO worth it. Thanks so much for the yummy and creative ideas, PUL!

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 5:11 a.m.

We're so glad the labour of love was worth it! Thank you, Caitlen 🤩

Lana R. - July 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Recipes like this make me feel like I actually know how to cook! Hahah. This almost tastes like your standard marinara recipe, and I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely in my rotation list now!

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

Hehe this makes us so happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to share, Lana 😃

Ammybelle - July 8, 2021, 7:17 p.m.

This is so good! It's become part of my regular rotation!

ellbell - July 5, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

Hello, If I am allergic to Pecans - do you think sunflower seeds or almonds be a better alternative? Thank you!

PUL Team - July 7, 2021, 7:14 a.m.

Hello Ellbell! Thank you for the question. Were you looking for a substitute for walnuts? We'd recommend sunflower seeds based on our taste preferences, although almonds would also work 😃

Ellbell - July 7, 2021, 4 p.m.

Oops, walnuts yes. Great, will try with sunflower seeds- thank you!!

Aditee - June 6, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

Hey PUL Team, loved the recipe. I have tried making it a few times already and have enjoyed it each time. When there are bell peppers in the fridge, this is my go-to recipe. It is so hearty and delicious.
Thank you for addicting a university student to cooking. 😋

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 10:22 p.m.

Such an incredible review - thank you, Aditee! Best of luck with your studies ✨🤗

Mayra - June 1, 2021, 10:06 p.m.

Loved how easy and delicious this recipe is! Question: how long is the pesto good for in the fridge?

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 1:20 a.m.

Hi Mayra! Lovely question. The pesto should stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days 🙂

Nehalie Gunawardena - May 21, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

This was such a fabulous meal to make with my family. This is such a beautiful site and i love the illustrations. I can't wait to make it again. ☺

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 9:47 p.m.

We're so glad you and your family enjoyed the pasta, Nehalie, and are so appreciative of the website feedback as well! 🥰

Sadhna - May 18, 2021, 11:32 a.m.

My 8 year old is a great fan of the red pepper pesto pasta. Thank you for the awesome healthy recipes 🙏❤️

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 5:04 a.m.

So lovely that your little one is enjoying it! Sending you both lots of love, Sadhna ✨☺️

Crystal - April 29, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

Hi PUL Team! I only have pecans on hand, can you substitute walnuts for pecans in the pesto here?

PUL Team - May 1, 2021, 7:23 p.m.

Hey Crystal! Feel free to use pecans in place of the walnuts. We hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

Aishwarya - April 26, 2021, 12:46 p.m.

Made it today for lunch. It was easy, quick and so full of flavour. It was a wholesome bowl. Thank u PUL for this lovely recipe.

PUL Team - April 27, 2021, 5:35 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Aishwarya, thank you for the review!

Brittany - April 26, 2021, 2:04 a.m.

So, my mom, brother and myself try to have dinner once a month. Every time I have to cook (we rotate each time) I have no clue on what to make. My brother doesn’t eat meat, I don’t eat dairy and my mom is quite a picky eater so I decided to make this for dinner and oh my goodness! It was such a hit! I can’t believe how good it tasted, especially coming from eating meat all the time. I did add sautéed onions along with some red pepper flakes. It was so good! Thank you so much for having such a great recipe. I also love your cake in a mug recipe too. I am definitely going to try to incorporate more of a vegan lifestyle in my diet. Again, thanks so much. Love your videos.

PUL Team - April 26, 2021, 6:36 a.m.

Aww how nice of your family to have dinner once a month, Brittany! We're so glad that a PUL recipe was enjoyed during your special dinner. All the best with your journey ✨😃

Natascha - March 28, 2021, 9:42 p.m.

Was delicious! It took me a bit longer but I guess next time I will be faster. My daughter liked it also, this way she gets some more nutrients without knowing. 🤭

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 10:29 p.m.

We're so glad you and your daughter enjoyed this one, Natascha! Being a bit more familiar with the steps hopefully will help the prep time shorter next time 😃

Mariyam - March 24, 2021, 7:56 p.m.

This looks awesome! Can't wait to try.

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 4:27 a.m.

We hope you enjoy it, Mariyam 😁

Hollie Murray - March 22, 2021, 9:21 a.m.

I made this today and it was delicious! Your site is fabulous. Thanks for all of your work in putting it together. I loved pictures that followed the recipe, so I could confirm I had cut up all of the veggies as expected. I'm looking forward to trying out more of your recipes.

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 1:49 a.m.

Aw you're too sweet, Hollie, so glad you enjoyed it :D