Tortiglioni in Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Shoutout to pasta for being the most consistent love I’ve ever had. It’s never let me down and that’s how I know it’s real.

“Tortiglioni” is really hard to say. It looks kind of like rigatoni, so I may just stick with that if I ever have to say it out loud. I use Molisana’s spelt tortiglioni. It’s a brilliant pasta with beautiful grooves meant for soaking up luscious sauces and thus, this roasted red pepper sauce is thick and creamy and suck-up-able. It’s also vegan.

Now, I’m not saying the jarred, store-bought sauces aren’t practical and quick, but they don’t even come close to being as tasty as homemade sauce. And, sometimes you need to treat yo-self! This sauce is not-at-all daunting and all delicious. It may take longer than twisting open a lid and pouring, but it’s worth it. Today’s your day.

You are going to start with your red peppers – cut them in half, remove the seeds and place them cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop them into a 425 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes, flipping once, until their skin begins to blacken and they are completely soft throughout. Carefully peel the skin off and discard. Toss the peppers into your blender with some vegetable stock. To help thicken in a vegan-ified way, add half a cup of raw cashews as well. Season with some salt and pepper and blend up until creamy.

It a saucepan, heat up some olive oil and add a bunch of garlic. Add the creamy pepper sauce and thin it out with some of the water that the pasta has been cooking in. Let this simmer until your tortiglioni is done and then transfer the pasta right to the sauce. Giv’er a toss so that the pasta is completely coated, turn the heat off and add in some fresh basil and a little hit of lemon.

This pasta is so good the next day, too. If you eat dairy, I would also recommend dolloping some fresh ricotta on top while it is still warm. Drool.

I hope this recipe makes it to your kitchen. It is one of my absolute favourites. It’s also great for kids as the veggies aren’t noticeable and are blended right into the sauce. Any feedback is welcomed in the comment section below!

Tortiglioni in Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Serving size: 3

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 3 servings of tortiglioni (about 255 g)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 9-10 basil leaves, ribboned or sliced
  • squeeze of lemon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the four pepper halves onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cut side down, and roast in oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping once. Peppers should have black areas and be soft throughout. Peel the outer skins off and discard.
  3. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil and add tortiglioni. Cook according to package directions, until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce before draining.
  4. Place the roasted peppers, vegetable stock, cashews, salt and pepper into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Pour in the pepper sauce, stir and then add in the reserved pasta water. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes and then add the cooked pasta, stirring to coat.
  6. Turn the heat off and add the basil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with more basil on top.

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