I wanted to make pasta for dinner, I usually make pesto sauce pasta, I have tried Basil Pesto, Coriander pesto and would want to try Spinach pesto, but its pesto pesto I wanted to try something I searched for a different recipe but all had either tomato sauce or white sauce or they used milk I don’t like any of these also I don’t like pasta when milk is used and also DH too does not like any of these.
Then I had read about a few recipes where they roast the bell pepper/capsicum and make sauces, also I had seen this in Master chef India doing this dip using the bellpepper, so I decided to give my twist and did the Roasted Bell pepper pasta, and it was yum do try it here goes the recipe.
Preparation Time: 15 to 20 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
makes: 2 to 3 servings
Capsicum/Bell pepper – 1 medium
Spinach – 5 leaves or (more according to your taste) blanched
Olive oil – ½ tbspn + 1 tspn
Garlic – 3+2 small sized cloves ( 3 for the sauce and 2 finely chopped for saute)
Cream Chess – ½ tbspn or more according to your taste
Cheese – ¼ cup grated
Boiled Pasta– Spirali 2 cups
Vegetables – 1 cup (mushroom, olives, etc) add more if you like.
Water – 800 ml + 1tspn vegetable oil
Lemon rind – ½ tspn grated
Salt to taste
Oregano – ½ tspn
Chili flakes – 1tspn (optional)
First we will make the sauce, apply oil on the capsicum and roast it on the stove directly on fire all side it should be cooked, you should be Turing/rotating the capsicum, it should be done by 5 to 7 mins, then let it cool down. Once it cools chop the capsicum put it in the mixer add spinach, garlic, salt and 1 tbspn oil and make it into a smooth paste and keep it aside.
Take a pan add 1tspn olive oil add the chopped garlic and mushrooms and add little salt and sauté it for 5 minutes then add the olives, the boiled pasta, cream cheese , sauce and the lemon rind and mix it well now add the cheese and its ready to serve with garlic bread.