Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Super quick and easy to make pasta. It’s meatless so it’s perfect for a Meatless Monday or just any day you want to cut out the meat. It’s made with roasted red peppers and lots of garlic. This recipe is perfect for a fast and tasty weeknight supper. Sure to be a hit with kids and adults. 

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There are days where I spend a ton of time on pinterest pinning things like cute kitties, cute doggies, pretty horses, clothing, and various DIY inspiration pins. Then there are days when I pin so much yummy food I think I won’t ever be able to look at food again. Then there are days I stumble on a pin like The Pioneer Woman’s Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, and somehow I’m magically hungry again.

For some unknown reason I then let the pin sit there for eons, collecting pin dust, as all pins do. Until one day I wake up, meander over to pinterest without even brushing my hair (oh quit scoffing, you know YOU do it too), and I see the dreamy pasta again. That day I take it as a sign from the food gods that I am supposed to make this pasta. Or I was just hungry and trying to come with excuses to cook. Never one to miss an opportunity to follow a sign, I decide to sashay my way into the kitchen and have at this stuff. And have at it I did. 

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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: Tons!

Serves about 4 hungry people, or 8 not so hungry p

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Super quick and easy to make pasta. It's meatless so it's perfect for a Meatless Monday or just any day you want to cut out the meat. It's made with roasted red peppers and lots of garlic. This recipe is perfect for a fast and tasty weeknight supper. Sure to be a hit with kids and adults.


  • 1 box or bag of Farfalle noodles (1 lb/454 g)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, divided
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 jar of Roasted Red Peppers, drained and chopped (300 ml)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (use vegetable broth for a meatless version)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Dried sweet basil


  • Cook your pasta in salted water according to the directions, minus one minute.
  • Melt half the butter (2 tablespoons) in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 4 or 5 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes longer.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat, carefully transfer the ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until mixed but slightly chunky. Be sure the lid was on. Seriously people, common sense prevails here. wipes red pepper off her face
  • Heat the remaining butter (2 tablespoons) in the same skillet over medium high heat, then transfer the ingredients from the food processor back into the pan. Add the broth, salt and pepper and cook until it all starts to bubble and come together while you stir.
  • Add the heavy cream in, more or less depending on your moo-d.
  • Stir until the cream combines and feel free to add any more spices that suit your fancy.
  • Drain pasta, (reserving about 1/2 cup of pasta water), and pour that cooked pasta into your skillet. Continue to cook until everything combines and become one big happy melting pot of joy. To help it combine a little better, add a little pasta water. Start with about 1/4 cup and cook while it melds the ingredients together. You can add more if needed.
  • Toss the dried sweet basil over top and it's pasta party time.
  • Serve with a big old peppery smile!


Recipe adapted slightly from The Pioneer Woman's Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

I'm going to be honest, I would have made it exactly like hers but I didn't have some of the ingredients on hand so I changed it up a touch, not much at all.

I'm working on another version of this. I liked it so much it's inspired a new dish. I'll share it with you next week. So excited to show it to you.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic | #pasta #supper #fastdinner #easyrecipe

I know right! That PW  knows her stuff. Every recipe I’ve tried of hers has been an epic success. Not always the case with some cookbook authors, but her recipes are super reliable. I’ve never had one of hers fail.

I promise I’ll share my other version of this next week. I had a ton of fun playing around with this recipe. It’s a great base recipe to jump off from if you’re not an experienced cook. It can be changed up by adding other veggies very easily. So experiment with it. You can’t go wrong when you make a recipe to suit your own tastes. Be fearless, it’s a good thing.

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  1. 1

    Awww, how exciting! I see recipes, then honestly want them to be amazing. Most of the time they are, BUT sometimes they are just meh! :-) I have a favorite blogger/tv personality that I love following, I am making one of his recipes tomorrow for my first time……cross your fingers! Love this pasta recipe, and your pics look so inviting! Hugs, Terra

    • 2
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I swear hers always work when I try them. I’ve never had one fail. Some celeb chefs I cannot say the same about. Now I’m all curious who the blogger/chef is you follow.

      Thanks so much Terra. I actually owe you an email. It was a wild summer and this month hasn’t gotten any calmer. Whoever said life slows down when your kids get older was totally lying. Ha!

      Talk soon. xx

  2. 3

    Looks delicious! I’ve made a modified version of this..I used sour cream instead of heavy cream and it turned out well :)

    • 4
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It’s such a simple but amazing recipe. I have thing about sour cream. Growing up my brother loved it but I have some weird aversion to it. Same with mayo, almost allergy like. Get really sick, no idea why. Makes about as much sense as my tomato hives. Lol!

  3. 5

    Good looking stuff! I love roasted red peppers, and I’ve made a pasta somewhat similar to this in the past. Really looking forward to seeing the dish this one inspired!

    • 6
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks so much John. Apart from the almost dying while eating it I really loved it. I swear it’s weird when things like that happen. Luckily mini-me was home. I almost titled the post “PW tried to kill me”, but it seemed overly dramatic.

  4. 7

    I love roasted red peppers and I can close my eyes and taste this stuff. I. want.

    • 8
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I picked up oodles of peppers the other day so I can keep playing around with them. Funny how us cooks go on kicks with certain ingredients. I’m obsessed with jars of peppers right now. It smells so good as it cooks. Very fragrant.

  5. 9

    You got me at “Super quick and easy to make pasta” :)


  6. 12

    Nice recipe. Thank you.

  7. 14

    Pinterest is very very dangerous. I could spend an entire day doing nothing but drooling over pics.
    Like this pasta of yours! I’m gonna make this tonite! Have a great w/end, doll. oxo

  8. 16

    Pinterest always makes me really hungry and super ambitious to redo our whole house! The house thing goes away pretty quickly but the hunger stays around.

    • 17
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Me too. I come away feeling really inspired but then it’s the middle of the night and I can’t execute any of it. Ha.

  9. 18

    I love these simple tasty pasta dishes for those nights when I can’t be bothered inventing something creative. I’ll stash this one away in my memory.

  10. 20

    Mmmm… looks really good!! I would have to add a side of some kind of meat for my men… they are such carnivores. But my little girl and I would devour this beautiful pasta as is! :)

  11. 21

    I wish I was eating pasta again… I love roasted red pepper, this looks awesome.

  12. 23

    Super delicious and bursting with flavour and colour :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. 25

    I love peppers and I love cream. I have no doubt this would be an outstanding dish!

  14. 27

    I’ve been roasted all kinds of sweet peppers and spicy peppers for weeks now. This is a great recipe for the bells. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to make it!

  15. 29

    You know what’s funny? I stumbled upon the same recipe and am making it tonight for dinner. I’m happy to hear it’s a good one. Your version looks delish.

  16. 31

    Wow! This was AWESOME! Very tasty, added some fresh chopped chili! Great recipe! Loved by everyone in the family

    • 32
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Yah, I am so happy to hear that. It’s a fabulous recipe. Did you try the newer one with sausage? It’s even better than this one. I am addicted to this stuff.

  17. 33

    I love this SO much! pinning!!

  18. 34

    OMG thank you this was the best !

    • 35
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Yeah, I love hearing that. So glad you liked it. There’s a similar one with Italian Sausage too that is seriously good.

  19. 36
    Gaby Patino says:

    Is there anything I can use beside heavy cream, something that would be healthy. If not I’ll just sacrifice myself and use heavy cream, lol.

    • 37
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I’ve not tried it with anything else. The cream is just meant to thicken the sauce. You can try just not thickening it, or you could make a slurrie with water and corn starch and try that to thicken it a bit. I think it would still be good without the thickener. It’s a great pasta.

  20. 38
    Gaby Patino says:

    Also can I use non canned red peppers

  21. 40
    Gaby Patino says:

    I used fresh red peppers and half and half instead of heavy cream. This is an amazing dish.

  22. 41

    This recipe sounds it like Noodles and Company Pena rosa! But with peppers instead of pepper flakes!

    • 42
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I have no idea what Noodles and Company is. The joys of being Canadian, now I need to go google. Lol.

  23. 43

    Hey Kim! I’m doing a Top 10 of our family’s favourite recipes, and would love to link to this.

    • 44
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Hey Morgan. I’m always okay with people linking over to the blog. Thanks for the compliment. I really appreciate it.

  24. 45

    can you use a hand blender instead of a food processor.

    • 46
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I would totally try that. It’s good if it’s smooth or a bit chunky so you really can’t mess it up. Hope you love it.

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