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Grilled Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

45 min


10 ingredients or less

Simple and fast meals are the best. This delicious roasted red pepper pesto pasta is a super quick 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!


Plate method

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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

Nutrition info

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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