Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

5 from 280 votes

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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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!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta in a pan

A creamy vegan red pepper pasta sauce recipe

I love how quick and easy this dish is to make and it’s so creamy, you would never guess that it is vegan! You can use your favorite plant based milk in this recipe such as;

  • soy
  • hemp
  • almond
  • cashew
  • oat
  • rice

If you are not vegan, you can also use dairy milk if you wish.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 a food processor with ingredients before and after blending

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use different color peppers in this past dish?

Personally, red peppers are my favorite color to use in this recipe, and they are usually the easiest ones to find in stores. You can absolutely use orange or yellow peppers if you wish – it doesn’t take long to roast them yourself!

What’s the best pasta to use?

I like making this dish with a long pasta such as linguine or spaghetti, but you can of course use whatever you have to hand. You can use whole wheat pasta too if you wish for a meal with added fiber and whole grains.

Is it healthier to make your own pasta sauce?

It’s so much healthier (and cheaper) to make your own pasta sauce and it takes no time at all! The jarred sauces you buy are convenient, but they tend to be loaded with salt and sugar as well as preservatives. Making your own pasta sauce is a much healthier option for the whole family.

Roasted red pepper pasta served in a large bowl with parsley with parmesan cheese and parsley

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!

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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!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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
5 from 280 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 254
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 15 ounces jar roasted red peppers drained
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Fresh torn basil leaves for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the onions, garlic and crushed red pepper on the baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast until the onions are tender and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain and return the pasta to the pot, covered.
  • Transfer the roasted onions and garlic to a blender when done roasting along with the drained roasted red peppers and milk. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer the sauce on top of the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Add as much of the pasta water as needed for your desired consistency. Serve immediately with fresh torn basil.

Notes

*Nutrition facts use almond milk.
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

Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 810mg, Potassium: 245mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Pasta tossed in a creamy roasted red pepper sauce garnished with freshly torn basil leaves and sides of basil and red pepper flakes next to skillet.

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    1. You can use your favorite plant based milk in this recipe such as:
      soy
      hemp
      almond
      cashew
      oat
      rice

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