Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

by Erica Dinho on March 17, 2011

Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Hmm, what can I make for lunch with a jar of roasted red peppers?
Here is another pasta dish that is a result of whatever ingredients I could find in the kitchen.

Instead of serving the roasted peppers with crusty bread or making a dip, I boiled a box of pasta and tossed it with a roasted red pepper pesto, made with walnuts and asiago cheese. You can eat this dish warm or cold, it is delicious either way.

The benefit of this Roasted Red Pepper Pesto was that if you have some left over, you can put it on a sandwich for lunch the next day or serve it over your favorite fish for dinner.

Buen provecho!



  • Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 pound of cooked pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 whole roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup of grated asiago cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, walnuts, roasted pepper and Asiago and pulse to chop. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil. Add the salt and pepper.
  2. Add the cooked pasta to the pesto and toss to combine. Serve with a green salad.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa March 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

What a great use of pesto – delicious!


2 norma March 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM

simple but nourishing. Great idea.


3 Lyndsey March 17, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Yum, What a nice flavorful pasta! I would love that for lunch.


4 Kim March 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I love that you spotted a jar of roasted red peppers and have the creativity to make this dish. It looks beautiful. Hope you are doing well!


5 rebecca subbiah March 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

this looks amazing and sunny


6 EA-The Spicy RD March 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

This looks delicious and so easy! I have two big jars of roasted red peppers at my house. Now I know what I will be making with some of them :-)


7 tasteofbeirut March 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

We have a similar pesto called muhammara and one time I made it with pasta like you! It was delicious and so easy!


8 Ivy March 18, 2011 at 12:58 AM

I make a similar pesto with Piperies Florinis which are Greek red sweet peppers. This is one of my favourite pestos and haven’t made it for a very long time. I love it in pasta.


9 Karen March 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM

This is the simple kind of pasta sauce that I love. The pesto sounds yummy!


10 Barbara March 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Very tempting, Erica! And the walnuts are a super addition.


11 Chris March 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Oh my, this looks easy and excellent, Erica! The red pesto sauce clinging to the pasta makes me hungry.


12 nammi March 20, 2011 at 3:58 AM

a new way to make pesto!!


13 Stevie March 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I’ve made something similar to this before, and you’re right, it is amazing and also fairly easy. I’d never considered penne rigata, like you show here, but I imagine that gives the dish a great chewy texture. Thanks for sharing!


14 A Canadian Foodie March 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

And you can’t beat roasting your own peppers, either. Nothing compares. I love this simple summer recipe – or autumn, I guess. Nummy!
(I am assuming you are back???)


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