Smoked Pepper Fried Pasta
I always make this when I really need some good comfort food. What’s better than pasta and cheese? A nice perk of this recipe is that is even contains some healthy veggies and it’s even possible to make a vegan version! Vegan comfort food? Yes it’s possible.
This recipe makes a full baking tray that can feed 3-4 people, depending on how much you eat. I can eat a whole tray if there’s nobody around to stop me..
You will need
Pasta for about 3 people (I use penne, but you can also use fusilli or macaroni)
2 onions (I use 1 red, 1 regular)
1/2 red pepper
For the sauce
1 jar of smoked red bell peppers (about 350g)
2 tablespoons creme fraîche
handful of fresh basil
salt, pepper, dash of olive oil
Replace the creme fraîche with coconut milk of cream
Replace the cheese with a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast
Add a can of rinsed chickpeas to the mix
First get the pasta water to boil, and cook the pasta as long as your specific brand instructs.
Cut the cauliflower into pieces of about 2 centimeters, so you can stir them easily through the pasta later. Wash the cauliflower pieces, and steam or boil them for a few minutes until they are a bit softer to chew.
Preheat the oven to about 170C
Slice the onions, garlic and red pepper into small pieces and put them in a large pan (which is big enough to contain all the ingredients together) with some olive or coconut oil to fry softly. While we give it some time to sudder, we’ll make the sauce.
Put he smoked bell peppers, a dash of olive oil, the creme fraîche (V: coconut milk/cream and some nutritional yeast), a hand full of fresh basil, salt and pepper into a food processor and mix. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth.
Throw everything together in the frying pan: the cooked pasta, the cauliflower (V: the chickpeas and some nutritional yeast), and the home made pepper sauce. Stir, add as much cheese as pleases you. Put the whole mixture into a baking tray, sprinkle on some extra cheezz and put it into the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese is molten and turned slightly crunchy.
Enjoy and try not to eat the whole tray! This is a perfect meal to save for the next day as well, for warm lunch or dinner.
Let me know how it turned out!