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Nearly No-Cook Pasta Sauce


It takes only minutes to prepare this fresh pasta sauce, which involves no cooking except for roasting a few bell peppers. Toss the sauce with cooked penne, round out the meal with a green salad and serve some bread sticks from the deli.

Keep things simple for dessert as well; dish up scoops of vanilla ice cream and put out a plate of your favorite fancy packaged cookie or biscotti.


Penne With Red Pepper Sauce

Green Salad

Bread Sticks

Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookies

Penne With Red Pepper Sauce

Active Work Time: 20 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

3 red bell peppers (about 1 1/4 pounds)


1 pound penne pasta

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

1/4 cup walnuts

Leaves from 6 to 8 sprigs parsley

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for thinning

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Freshly ground pepper

* To roast bell peppers, broil peppers 4 inches from heat source, turning, until skins are charred. Place peppers in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let cool 15 minutes. Remove skins and seeds and chop. Set aside.

* Bring large pot of salted water to boil and cook penne according to package directions until al dente, about 12 minutes.

* Chop garlic in blender or food processor. Add peppers, 1/4 cup cheese, walnuts, parsley, 2 1/2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste and pulse to puree, about 20 seconds. Sauce should be well blended but have texture; it should be similar to pesto. If sauce is too thick, add a little olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Toss with well-drained pasta and sprinkle with a little extra cheese.

4 servings. Each serving: 592 calories; 190 mg sodium; 5 mg cholesterol; 17 grams fat; 89 grams carbohydrates; 19 grams protein; 0.96 gram fiber.

Game Plan

30 minutes before: Boil water for pasta. Roast peppers; cool.

15 minutes before: Peel peppers. Cook pasta.

10 minutes before: Make sauce. Assemble salad.

Just before serving: Drain pasta and toss with sauce.


Shopping List

Bread sticks


Penne pasta

3 red bell peppers

Salad greens



Balsamic vinegar


Olive oil

Parmesan cheese



Plate from Crate & Barrel stores.

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