The Pioneer Woman and her "Punks". Photo by Ree Drummond
Do you remember that Antipasto Pasta Salad that I recently posted? I had some roasted red bell pepper, in a jar, that was left from that recipe. I was tired, hungry and tired of eating out (which we did most of last week-- due to my aforementioned non-cooking mood). The Pioneer Woman posted this recipe, last August. Somehow, I remembered it. The recipe is so easy, that I didn't need to print it. I made a couple of adaptions-- very minor so let's get crackin'!
click here. Otherwise, drain a jar of roasted bell peppers. I keep ravioli in the freezer, for nights I'm too tired to cook. These are vegetarian, but use whatever you like-- or use plain pasta. Start your water boiling, and be sure to salt it.
The sauce takes minutes to make...
So, now we have a red bell pepper puree' in just a minute or two!
Ree (The Pioneer Woman) uses onion. I chose shallots, because I love them. I think they're sweeter and they don't overpower sauces or salad dressings. Either way, saute' them in a little olive oil, then add a couple cloves of fresh garlic-- careful not to burn them! Shallots are high in sugar and can burn... garlic burns fast and turns bitter! Now, add the puree. Can you go wrong with adding heavy cream? No. But, I used a combination of more chicken stock (or vegetable stock, to keep it totally vegetarian) and less heavy cream. Now, taste the sauce. Add more salt, if needed (which it did).
VERDICT: The simplicity of this dish is perfect for a work night dinner. I would like to have a bit more garlic flavor, so I might considering pureeing a clove of garlic with the red bell peppers. A pinch of red pepper flakes would be good, too. The leftover sauce can easily be converted into a soup-- just add more chicken stock and maybe a potato to thicken it. Overall, husband, son and Yours Truly liked it. The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post. I am also submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted by Chaya at Comfy Cook, this week. The roundup will be posted on May 14th, so please come and see who's been cooking pasta at home!