bell pepper pasta

March 16th, 2012

Some of the easiest, simplest dishes on this site are also the most popular.  They’re the ones that you guys email me to tell me you tried on a random Wednesday, and that you and your families loved.  I won’t lie — those are some of the best emails I get. 

And I very much hope that this will fall into that category.  This is such an easy, healthy, inexpensive recipe that makes for a delicious dinner.  It’s vegetarian, but you could easily throw on some grilled chicken strips for a little extra protein or for those members of your family who can’t imagine dinner without meat. 

A lot of people have a major aversion to green peppers — I actually like them, but it’s like cilantro or celery, you never want to include them when you can find an easy substitute.  Yellow and red bell peppers have a softer, mellower flavor without any bitterness — combine that with some freshly grated Parmesan, great olive oil, and whole wheat pasta, and you’re basically done.  Delicious and simple!

Bell Pepper Pasta

1 pound whole wheat rotini pasta
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
Fresh ground pepper


Boil pasta in salted water according to the package directions.  While the pasta is boiling, heat the bell pepper strips, garlic and shallot with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of water, cooking until the peppers are tender and the water has mostly boiled off.  About 1 minute before the pasta is finished, add the parmesan and stir thoroughly.  When the pasta is finished, drain the water and add to the pan with the pepper strips and olive oil, and stir.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Spoon into bowls and top with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.  Serve.

Serves 4.

Tags: food · main dishes

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    great post!  i never buy peppers…but this looks delicious!

  • 2 Joanne // Mar 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    It is definitely the simple recipes that often get the most attention! I love how easy and fresh flavored this is!

  • 3 Amy // Mar 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    YUMMY!  I love how healthy it is too!  You’re so cute!


  • 4 curlijuli // Mar 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Looks delish!
    I myself love any pasta dish and can eat it day and night, but in my experience men are less excited about it:(

  • 5 Michellw // Mar 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Great recipe!  Quick easy meal for nights when my daughter has soccer practice.  Add a little side salad and it will be perfect.

  • 6 Lindsey // Apr 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

    This looks amazing! I love bell peppers. I will have to try it. My husband is not too big of a fan but I think he just doesn’t like green bell peppers!

  • 7 Stuart // Aug 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Fabulous stuff. Made a massive batch and had enough left over for lunch the next day. Thanks!

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