Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

This is an easy vegetarian pasta dish made with jarred roasted red peppers. You can use the real thing and roast your own peppers, but I opted for a shortcut here, especially since I found a great deal on imported roasted red peppers. I created this mainly for my son. He is a pasta fanatic, and crazy about olives. He isn’t crazy about spaghetti sauce though, and leaves most of the sauce on his plate, so I used a red sauce that was nutritious and would stick to the noodles well. It was a hit with him and my husband. I found my son the next morning eating it straight from the fridge, before I could even get in the kitchen and make him something for breakfast. I guess he already knew what he wanted.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. We are going to Cocoa Beach tomorrow to attend a charity surfing event. The waves here have been huge because of Hurricane Earl. We are hoping Earl dies down and isn’t a threat to our friends to the north, and thankful we were spared from this first big hurricane of the season by a good sized cold front. Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend.

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Red Pepper Pesto Pasta Recipe

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1 package Angel Hair Pasta, or other pasta of your choice, about 12 oz
1 can 6 oz black olives, cut in halves
1 jar roasted red peppers, drained, 14.5 oz
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
kosher salt


Prepare pasta according to package directions. Add red peppers, fresh basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and pine nuts to food processor.

Pulse until fine. Stream in olive oil while food processor is on. Add cheese and blend until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add pasta to large bowl. Add olives and pesto. Mix well to combine. Serve with salad and fresh bread.

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  45 Responses to “Red Pepper Pesto Pasta”

  1. Maria — September 3, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    I made a similar pasta dish:) Great minds think alike! Love it!

  2. Judimae — September 3, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    This recipe rocks — I love the combo of the ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  3. sounds fantastic love all the ingredients, great pasta dish for this warm weather….so light!

  4. Marly — September 3, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    I love angel hair pasta. I think I’m going to make this for my family tonight. I love having special dinners on Fridays…or any night of the week really. This looks like it could make for a special dinner. Of course, it does mean a trip to the grocer store (again) because we don’t have any angel hair pasta…but it’s definitely worth it! Thanks!

  5. averagebetty — September 3, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    I am always so impressed by your son’s palette! Do you surf? Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend 😉

    • Angie — September 3, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

      Oh, no, but I like to watch.

  6. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 3, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    This really sounds delicious. I’ll definitely give it a try very soon! Happy Labor Day weekend to you.

  7. Dana — September 3, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    This looks delicious! I am a huge fan of roasted red peppers. And your picture is great!

  8. Wizzy — September 3, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Roasted red peppers makes everything taste great. Yum

  9. Jason's BBQ Adventures — September 3, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    What a wonderful pesto recipe! Picture is amazing and makes it look that more delicious!

  10. Yemek Tarifleri — September 3, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    would publish a very good recipe. I wanted to write here because the cakes, pastries, and a number of recipes here


  11. Stella — September 3, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Beautiful, Angie. Oh, and it sounds delicious too (smile)…!

  12. I8LA — September 3, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
  13. Robin G. — September 3, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

    I love the pic on this… RT @EclecticRecipes Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

  14. Monet — September 4, 2010 @ 12:00 am

    Have a wonderful weekend…enjoy the charity event! And thank you for sharing this. I have a jar of roasted peppers in my fridge that now have a wonderful new use!

  15. Bela Gupta — September 4, 2010 @ 1:46 am

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  18. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 4, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Have fun this weekend at the surf event! This pasta sounds wonderful. I think I will give it a whirl, my kids love olives too! xo

  19. First – what a great photo – it just pops out at me! That pasta looks like it is full of flavor and I love the idea of the peppers in a jar. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

  20. grace — September 5, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    not only does the alliteration in the title appeal to me, but come on–it’s a great recipe! i love those pine nuts. 🙂

  21. jack — September 5, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    Just thought i would let you know i made this last night and it was fantastic. Very easy to do and tasted great, the children loved it to.


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  23. Maarten Verkoren — September 6, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

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  24. Michelle Morrison — September 6, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

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  25. Harriet — September 6, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    That looks great! I’ll have to try it out some time, thanks for sharing!

  26. Mags — September 6, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    Hubby would love me forever for making this for him… because of the olives, of course.

    Fantastic recipe… beautiful photo!

  27. dana — September 6, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    My boyfriend and i just made this, delicious!!

    thanks for the recipe!

  28. Lakota — September 7, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    We just happened to have everything this recipe calls for. That never happens with any other recipe we find, we always have to go the store and buy something. We got really lucky when we found this, though. It’s really, really good. The peppers give it a nice sweetness.

  29. Say Mmm — September 7, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    An easy vegetarian pasta dish from Eclectic Recipes.

  30. RavieNomNoms — September 8, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Another fantastic success! Looks great!

  31. Emily @Cleanliness — September 8, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    This is delicious! Love your recipe.

  32. Simply Life — September 9, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    wow that looks delicious!

  33. Friday Delights — September 10, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    Looks yummy!!

  34. chelsea — September 17, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    This looks scrumptious! Those black olives are calling to me.

    Do you think in this recipe, a blender could be used in place of a food processor? I know how finicky pestos can be but having recently relocated, my mini food processor has up and vanished. Should I give it a go or might it be a total disaster?

    • Angie — September 17, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

      I would try it, because the red peppers seem like they would blend okay, I don’t think a plain basil pesto would work though.

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  36. Ashley — November 16, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    Made this the other night and it was delicious! I made it without the parm and was worried it would affect the taste, but still turned out great. My self-proclaimed pepper hating father-in-law even liked it!

    Thanks for a wonderful vegetarian recipe!

  37. leah harper — July 6, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    @mmillberry ditto. going to try this roasted red pepper pesto @tashadoestulsa suggested

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    Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

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  43. MLW — May 30, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Yum. Fast. Easy.

    I found it very mild so I shook a little crushed red pepper over the top.

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