Silvana's Mediterranean & basil pasta

Silvana's Mediterranean & basil pasta

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(51 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Silvana Franco's fast, easy and healthy vegetarian pasta is perfect for a midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal452
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs86g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre7g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 mild red chillies, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsley chopped
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1kg small ripe tomatoes, quartered



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 350g dried pasta



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • a handful of fresh basil leaves and 2 tbsp grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve



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


  1. To roast the veg, preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Scatter the peppers, red onions, chillies and garlic in a large roasting tin. Sprinkle with sugar, drizzle over the oil and season well with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, toss in the tomatoes and roast for another 15 minutes until everything is starting to soften and look golden.

  2. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water according to packet instructions, until tender but still with a bit of bite. Drain well.

  3. Remove the vegetables from the oven, tip in the pasta and toss lightly together. Tear the basil leaves on top and sprinkle with Parmesan to serve. If you have any leftovers it makes a great cold pasta salad – just moisten with extra olive oil if needed.

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21st Feb, 2014
Quick and healthy, but oh so bland! I added courgette, plenty of seasoning, extra chilli, but it was really lacking depth of flavour.
2nd Feb, 2014
I made this recipe for BBQ's over the summer and everyone enjoyed! I added lots of basil and Parmesan and thought it was a really tasty dish. Love the idea of the chorizo so am already looking forward to making it again!
14th Jan, 2014
Lovely meal, added courgettes and chorizo flavour chipolata's....delicious!
3rd Sep, 2013
I have made this three times now, massive hit with my kids and boyfriend. I am surprised at some comments saying its a bit bland, I have found exactly the opposite, but then I use a lot of sea salt flakes and black pepper. I also added diced chorizo with the tomatoes for the last fifteen minutes.
17th May, 2013
I thought this might be a tad plain given the minimal ingredients, but it was really delicious and so easy. I added a lot more than 2tbsp of cheese can never have too much cheese.
8th May, 2013
A delicious meal, simple to make. I didn't have any fresh chillies or garlic, so I put a teaspoon of dried chillies and some garlic paste and mixed with the oil before coating all the veg. I will definitely make this again.
4th Dec, 2012
This was very tasty and easy to make. I added some sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese and olives and it was an instant hit among my friends. There was so much to eat that I could even bring some of the food to work the next day.
11th Oct, 2012
This is one of my absolute favourites, so easy to make, one dish and the tastes are so fresh, really tasty.
1st Sep, 2012
ive made this dish lots of times ,but always used it cold. Everyone all ways ask me for the recipe. family take to work any that is left over.
24th May, 2012
Fantastic recipe hot or cold. First time I made it I put a couple of chicken breasts in the oven to roast for the second 15 minutes, splashed them with some fresh lemon juice, then chopped them up into the pasta at the end. Am making it again tonight and adding some butternut squash and a bit more chilli. It will be coming with me to work tomorrow too!


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