Roasted red pepper & parsley pesto with penne

Roasted red pepper & parsley pesto with penne

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Try a new take on pesto and blend red peppers, cashew nuts and parsley then serve spooned through hot pasta

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat21g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 400g penne
  • 290g jar roasted red pepper, drained
  • large handful flat-leaf parsley, plus a few chopped leaves to garnish
  • 75g unsalted cashew



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, put the peppers, parsley, nuts, garlic and olive oil in a small food processor or mini chopper, and whizz to a pesto consistency. Season and mix in the Parmesan.

  2. Drain the pasta and return to the pan with the pesto. Stir and gently heat for 1 min, then sprinkle with a little more chopped parsley and serve.

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8th Feb, 2017
Tasty and easy! I can imagine it would be nice with some meatballs or crispy bacon on top if you'd want extra protein.
23rd Dec, 2016
A really easy and tasty recipe. I roasted mixed peppers instead of using a jar and added black olives and served on a plate of wilted spinach. Will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you :-)
26th Feb, 2016
So easy to make. I didn't have any parsley so left it out but it was great without.
15th Feb, 2016
Hit with the whole family from toddler to grandparents. So easy and quick will definitely be making again.
12th Jan, 2015
This is one of my favourite pasta sauce recipes!
7th Jul, 2014
Really delicious, flavoursome recipe. And so quick to make too. I'll definitely be making this again.
7th Jul, 2014
Really delicious, flavoursome recipe. And so quick to make too. I'll definitely be making this again.
5th Jul, 2014
This is one of the quickest meals to prepare, by the time the pasta is cooked it's ready. No need to buy ready meals when you can eat food as good as this and it's really tasty. Those jars of peppers can be bought for about £1 in those large cheap shops that seem to be everywhere .
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13th Jun, 2014
Wowza. I was a bit dubious that this sauce would pack much flavour punch. I'm glad to say I was wrong! Incredibly quick to make and tasted great. I substituted parmesan for pecorino romano. Was delicious, will definitely be a regular on the weekly menu!
16th Dec, 2013
Great easy meal, ideal meal for one on a busy day. Healthy filling and so quick, 15 minutes from beginning to end, go on give it a go, you won't be sorry. I'd eat again tomorrow. Cheap and cheerful and pleasant to the eye.


14th Oct, 2013
Hi, Can you let me know if the pesto can be stored and if so, how and for how long? Thanks, Emma.
1st Sep, 2015
Top tip - Go easy on the parsley!