Express Recipes: Pasta in red sauce with oven roasted peppers

Delicious and super easy to prepare, this pasta recipe takes only 30 mins to cook.

Written by Ashima Goyal Siraj | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2015 2:16:44 pm
Just 30 mins, and your pasta is ready! (Source: Ashima Siraj Goyal) Just 30 mins and your pasta is ready! (Source: Ashima Goyal Siraj)

On a Saturday I want to cook something easy and nice and relax with a glass of wine.

I love my all-purpose red pasta sauce on Saturdays like these. It is just about 30 minutes of active cooking time because while the sauce is getting ready, I can do all the remaining cooking. Roasted peppers add to the flavours in the sauce as well as give more texture to just plain pasta in red sauce. For a non-vegetarian option, you can add strips of grilled chicken

I call it ‘all-purpose’ because it is great as a pizza sauce and works fine with bruschettas. And it also freezes well. So if I have enough for a meal of two in my freezer, Saturday nights are rocking!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 mins | Serves: 2

Ingredients
200 gm tomato puree
1 big yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp dried Italian herb mix (oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary)
Salt and black pepper powder to taste
250gm pasta (of your choice)
2-3 red and yellow bell peppers, cut into strips.
5 tbsp olive oil

Method
*Preheat oven to 200ºC.

*Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a deep sauce pan. Once the oil is hot add chopped garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes till the garlic just starts to brown.

*Add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 mins till the onions become soft.

*Add tomato puree and the spices. Mix well. Bring the sauce to a simmer and lower heat to maintain the simmer. Meanwhile, put the bell peppers strips in an oven proof dish. Drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Mix well and roast for about 10-15 minutes till the peppers are soft.

*In another deep pan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp oil and some salt. Add in pasta and cook until al dente (cooked to be firm to bite).

*Remove the sauce from heat and blend until smooth. I simply use my hand blender in the sauce pan.

*To serve, put a layer of hot sauce in a flat pan. Add in the pasta and top with roasted peppers. To eat, mix it all up of course!

For more recipes visit FOODi.e.

For all the latest Lifestyle News, download Indian Express App

Share your thoughts