Grilled Red Pepper Pesto Pasta
10 ingredients or less
1 Tbsp (15 mL)olive oil, divided
2red bell peppers, quartered
1orange bell pepper, quartered
¼ tspsalt, divided
⅛ tspground black pepper, divided
4cloves garlic, minced
1zucchini, thinly sliced
14 oz (400 g)dry spaghetti noodles
¼ cup (38 g)sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
¼ cup (31 g)roasted walnuts
1½ cups (201 g)frozen green peas
- Add half the oil to a large pan on high heat. When hot, add the bell peppers in a single layer and sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over top. Cook until the skin begins to blister, and then flip to cook on the other side*.
- 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.
- 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. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water.
- Returning to the food processor, add in the sun-dried tomato, and walnuts. Blend until smooth, but some small chunks can remain, if desired.
- 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. Add the cooked zucchini and blended red bell pepper mixture to the pot. Toss everything to coat.
- One heated through, serve while hot. Garnish if desired, and enjoy!
- * To speed up this recipe, skip this step and use roasted bell peppers from a jar.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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Grains & Starches 59%
• dry spaghetti noodles
• roasted walnuts
• frozen green peas
Fruits & Veggies 29%
• red bell pepper
• orange bell pepper
• clove garlic
• sun-dried tomatoes in oil
CalciumNo significant sources of calcium
• olive oil
• sun-dried tomatoes in oil
• roasted walnuts
Nutrition per serving
Calories 546 kcal
|Total fat||11.4 g|
|Saturated fat||1.3 g|
|Trans fat||0.0 g|
|Total carbs||92.8 g|
|Dietary fiber||8.6 g|
|Total sugars||12.6 g|
|Added sugars||0.0 g|
|Vitamin A||159 μg RAE|
|Vitamin B6||0.6 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0 μg|
|Vitamin C||159.3 mg|
|Vitamin D||0 μg|
|Vitamin E||1.8 mg|
|Vitamin K||22 μg|
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Discussion & Rating
Loved the recipe! I made it for some friends and everyone loved it. I used roasted bell peppers from a jar to reduce the preparation time
The recipe was easy to make and at the end scrumptious, many thanks! <3
I love this recipe, which I've done multiple times!! 😋
My boyfriend, who is a body builder and swears he needs his protein badly, dug in and exclaimed 'oh, my god, this is body building food. And it's sooo good.' It made me so proud.
For extra protein I added three times the nuts using cashews and walnuts. To the pesto, I added nutritional yeast.
This meal was good, quick and easy. I used a romano pepper instead of a bell pepper but I didn't really taste it in the end... I was looking forward for this taste so I'm a bit disappointed. I will give it another go and if not, I'll add more spices to make it more tasty!
Also I added some water in the pepper paste to make it like a sauce rather than a dry paste. Enjoy it overall :)
Amazing ! My only regret is to have wait a couple months to try this out ! Wholesome, delicious and reconforting recipe !
The recipes I've tried are amazing. I used to live in a dry desert climate in California, and all the recipes I cooked there tasted amazing. Recently I moved to Texas where it is humid. I noticed that when I cook now, the recipes taste more bland. I want to know if there's any way to make it more flavorful again? Is the climate changing how the food cooks?
This is so delicious. I swap the walnuts for almonds. I also do skip the half-moon zucchinis and instead swap half the pasta (or 70% pasta) for zoodles. This way I can hide the zucchini and make this a vegetable-centric versus carb-centric meal. My kids, who don't eat zucchini, don't even notice because it's all covered in this amazing red sauce! They don't usually eat peppers or tomatoes either. I am so happy to serve them something they love that is so good for them and enjoy the meal too!
Wow thank you for making these recipes Sadia. Today I tried out a few of your delicious recipes but this pasta dish was so so yummy! I have to serve this dish to my family too, they will definitely love it:)
This dish was really delicious and a keeper😋.
Lately, I've been trying out many PUL recipes and this one reminds of one meal served at one of my fav healthy and vegan restaurants. The only thing that doesn't work out for me is that the sauce doesn't become really saucy but instead chunky. I think it would be even more delicious if all the noodles were evenly coated, but it has got to do with my food processor, which has only 300W.
Thank you, Sadia and all the PUL Team, for this great recipe.
P.S. sorry that I've been commenting so much lately, but I want everyone to know how great PUL is🥰😊.
Love this pasta, the pesto is really yummy and easy to make. I always like to try new things to cook with pasta dishes, and this is one of my favorites recipes!
I just tried this recipe. This is the first time I have cooked something by myself and I knew I could trust you guys. For a first timer it was excellent, and my family said they really loved it. Thank you so much for this, I can't wait to try the other recipes!!!!
Loved it 😊 usually my boyfriend cooks pasta but this time I really wanted to try out this one and we both love it! I wanted to have some more leftovers for the week, but it didn’t last long :)) You are my go-to when I want to cook 😊 Thank you Sadia ❤️
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!
We love this recipe. Yet, we used aubergine instead of courgette and it goes so well with the pesto.
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 :)!
Absolutely amazing dish. Made it for the first time today. I love it and will definitely make it again!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
So delicious! Added some red pepper flakes for a kick :)
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!
Delicious and easy pasta recipe !! Also a great way to use any other veggies which you still might have in your fridge. 10/10 :))
The pesto featured in this recipe is really good! Great pasta dish.
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.
This recipe looks delicious, really looking forward to trying! My partner hates peas, is there any other veggie you would recommend as a substitute?
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!♡
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.
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
This recipe is hot favourite in my home. So delicious, and wholesome. My husband who's a pure carnivore also loved this. Highly recommend!
This recipe is amazing!! So delicious! Makes your taste buds dance!
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
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Very easy and quick recipe. It’s tastes good.
I've made this recipe about 10 times already and haven't yet gotten tired of it! It's super quick and incredibly tasty :)
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
One of my favorite recipes I make when we have family over for dinner. Love the creamy texture. Spaghetti love!
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.
Les pâtes, ça marche toujours ! Et la sauce de poivrons est délicieuse
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!
This pasta recipe is so good!!!
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.
Such a delicious recipe. Added to our favourite PUL recipes, which we cook on rotation.
I keep coming back to this recipe all the time. It's just so good!
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!
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!
This is so good! It's become part of my regular rotation!
Hello, If I am allergic to Pecans - do you think sunflower seeds or almonds be a better alternative? Thank you!
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. 😋
Loved how easy and delicious this recipe is! Question: how long is the pesto good for in the fridge?
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. ☺
My 8 year old is a great fan of the red pepper pesto pasta. Thank you for the awesome healthy recipes 🙏❤️
Hi PUL Team! I only have pecans on hand, can you substitute walnuts for pecans in the pesto here?
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.
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.
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. 🤭
This looks awesome! Can't wait to try.
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.