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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta recipe is made with only 6 ingredients. It's vegan, simple-to-make & customizable with any protein for an easy weeknight meal

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

If you’re bored of same old marinara red sauce for pasta, it’s time for you to try this creamy roasted red pepper pasta – made with only 6 ingredients! It’s going to rock your world! It’s a creamy, rich and comforting sauce that pairs so well with any pasta of choice. And the best part is that it’s totally vegan without any cream used at all. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory, and a nice change from marinara!

How do you make roasted red pepper pasta

To start, you’ll roast an onion and a couple garlic cloves. You can leave the garlic in its peel. I recommend peeling the onion though and cutting that in half. Then drizzle both with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You can also roast the red peppers (see tips on that below). But I love the convenience (and price) of the jarred roasted red peppers.

Collage of two images showing the onions and garlic before and after roasting

Once the onions and garlic are roasted, add them to a blender along with the drained roasted red peppers. And those 3 ingredients are essentially the sauce. Then you’ll blend, blend blend until it’s as smooth as it gets without any chunky parts.

Collage of two images showing a food processor with the ingredients for the roasted red pepper sauce before and after blending

Transfer that roasted red pepper sauce to a pan. And once it starts to bubble, you can add any milk of choice. I tried to keep this recipe vegan by using plant-based milk, but any milk will work here.

Collage of two images showing large saute pan with the roasted red pepper sauce after blended and then with milk added to it

Once you whisk the milk into the roasted red pepper sauce, you’ll see a beautiful orange color and creamy texture come through. And that’s pretty much it! Now just toss in the pasta and it’s ready to be served!

Collage of two images showing the roasted red pepper sauce before and after the pasta is added

It may sound like a bit of work to roast the onions and garlic and blend it all up with the roasted peppers. But the roasting part is totally inactive cooking time, and the blending only takes a minute. And in the end you get a mouth-watering healthy roasted red pepper sauce that has this unique sweet and savory taste. The wonderful thing is it’s a totally customizable sauce that you can toss with any pasta or any protein along with your favorite vegetables and add-ons.

It’s a solid 10 out of 10 meal for us every time! You’re going to feel so good too after eating it because the sauce is basically blended vegetables watered down with milk. We can pretty much say it’s a salad right?! Haha, just kidding, but you get the gist. It’s a very healthy winning sauce that I hope you’ll try, and make again and again!

Roasted red pepper pasta served in a large bowl with parsley

Tips to make roasted red pepper pasta

  • If you prefer to roast the peppers, just place them under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until they get charred. You can roast them whole without removing the seeds. Then, transfer them to a glass container, cover them with saran wrap for 15-20 minutes so the steam continues to cook and soften them. This is a wonderful method for roasting your own bell peppers which results in an amazing sweet and smoky flavor!
  • If you want to make this meal gluten-free or low-carb, try using spiralized vegetables like zucchini, or even spaghetti squash and toss it with the sauce. You’ll have all the flavor and comfort of this sauce with less carbohydrates and calories.
  • If you’d like to modify the flavor of the sauce, you can consider adding some crushed red peppers for some heat, some Italian seasoning for more savory flavor, or even some nuts like cashews to give it a more nutty and cheesy flavor. Think of the roasted red peppers, onions and garlic as the base for the sauce. And feel free to add on your unique twist to the sauce and to the final dish.
Roasted red pepper pasta served in a large bowl with parsley with parmesan cheese and parsley

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 I created this blog post first on June 19, 2017. I am updating it today to include improved new step-by-step images and a video tutorial!

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4.46 from 11 votes
Roasted red pepper pasta tossed in a large saute pan
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta recipe is made with only 6 ingredients. It's vegan, simple-to-make & customizable with any protein for an easy weeknight meal

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pepper Pasta, Red Pepper Sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 252 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
  • 1 small onion cut in half
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces spaghetti or pasta or choice
  • 1 15 ounces jar 15.5 oz roasted red peppers drained
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Fresh chopped parsley for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

  2. Place cut onions and garlic cloves on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven until tender and cut surface of the onion is golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

  3. When cooked, transfer the onions and garlic to a food processor. Add the drained roasted red peppers and blend until everything is evenly combined and smooth. Set aside.

  4. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions.

  5. Transfer the pureed sauce to a large skillet and cook for a few minutes until the sauce bubbles. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add milk to the skillet to thin out the pasta sauce. Whisk to combine.

  6. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss to combine the pasta with the sauce to combine

  7. Serve with fresh parsley, if desired.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the roasted red pepper sauce up to 3 days in advance and store it in the fridge. When ready to use, just heat the sauce in a skillet until it bubbles and toss with your favorite pasta.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use any milk of choice. And you can also use more or less of the onions and garlic, depending on your taste preferences.

Equipment: I use my Kitchen Aid food processor to blend the roasted red peppers with the onions and garlic. You can use any food processor or any blender you'd like.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. This recipe is estimated for 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Love it! I added shrimp to mine 🙂

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Yum! Sounds perfect with shrimp! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Fred mack
    January 20, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Well done 👍

  • Reply
    Mike R.
    August 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    This is so yummy. Comforting is the key word, especially since it’s so easy to make. I tried it with gluten free pasta and it was still delicious.

  • Reply
    August 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    So as you find all good recipes at those wee hours of the morning! I came across this and decided this was fridays donet after a hard week!

    And I couldn’t of been more happier with the decision!! The flavor of the the roasted red peppers and the creaminess of the half and half created an ultimate combination of flavors! I even search for the right pasta and didnt go with angel hair! I cannot wait to make this meal again! It for sure become an once a month item😄😄😊😊🤫🙈🙈

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      August 10, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Haha…yes the best recipes are found sometimes when you least expect it! And I’m so happy you stumbled upon this in the wee hours of the night and that you’ll include it in your monthly meal prep! yay!

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    November 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I have prepared this like three times and it is full of goodness. Just perfect for students like me. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      November 27, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks so much for the feedback :)))

  • Reply
    July 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    What a delicious idea. I have a half dozen jars of roasted red peppers from Trader Joes in the pantry as I type–am going to make this right away. Came from pinterest for the plum cherry smoothie.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      July 25, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Joanne – Hope you tried the pasta recipe and loved it! 🙂

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