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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

Elevate an easy entree with an equally easy homemade Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta! Pappardelle is a wonderful, hearty choice, but subbing in your favorite noodle will also produce delicious results!

Serves 2-3 servings     adjust servings

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 1 hour 10 mins Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 large red bell peppers (or store-bought jar)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan-Reggiano, shredded, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 8 ounces Pappardelle pasta (or your favorite pasta)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the peppers on, drizzling each with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Peel outer skin from garlic bulb and cut the pointed top off, exposing the cloves. Place in a ramekin and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil; cover with foil. Place peppers and ramekin in oven and roast for 1 hour, flipping the peppers over after 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool 15 minutes, then use a knife to remove the stem, seeds and white membrane inside. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add the roasted garlic and almonds, pulsing until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the roasted red peppers, basil, Parmesan-Reggiano, red pepper flakes, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse 1 minutes until mixture is smooth. Add more salt and pepper flakes to taste if desired.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove top. Stir in pasta, return to boil, and reduce heat to medium, simmering 7-8 minutes until slightly al dente. Drain pasta, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water.
  4. Return pasta to pot and stir in pesto; add reserved pasta water ¼ cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Top with Parmesan and basil and serve with your favorite (Barber Foods) chicken. Enjoy!

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