Recipe: Three Pepper Pasta
Make this heart-smart Three Pepper Pasta in minutes for an easy, weeknight meal.
This delicious pasta is easy to make and can be thrown together in no time. It is perfect for a quick, weeknight one-dish meal or for a casual dinner party with friends on the weekend. Better yet, it reheats well for great leftovers the next day.
- 1 box of pasta, something like bowtie or ziti works best
- 1 each of green, red and yellow peppers
- 5 leaves fresh basil, chopped
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- ¼ cup olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
- ¼ Parmesan, if you can get freshly grated or shaved, it is much better than powdered
- Boil the water for the pasta in a large stock pot.
- While waiting for water to boil, slice the peppers into thin strips and set aside.
- Chop approximately 5 leaves of basil finely and set aside.
- Mince 3 cloves of garlic.
- Heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan or skillet. Add the garlic and toss until slightly toasted.
- Add the peppers and sauté for about 10 minutes, until they get well-cooked and begin to caramelize. If they get dry you can add a few drops of water.
- While the peppers are cooking, add the pasta to boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.
- Drain the pasta well.
- Add the pasta to the skillet with the pepper mixture and toss well.
- Add ¼ cup olive oil and the Parmesan and toss again.
- Sprinkle with basil and any remaining Parmesan before serving.
- Season with a bit of salt and pepper (optional).
Stacey Kendrick, MS, is a health educator with almost 20 years of experience in wellness and population health. She spent much of her professional career at Vanderbilt’s Faculty/Staff Wellness Program and currently works in the Strategic Marketing Department at Vanderbilt. She is the mother to two grown-up and amazing daughters. In her free time she teaches healthy cooking classes, runs, gardens and enjoys backyard bonfires with her husband in her cozy country cottage.