Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini

I've been eyeing this pasta sauce recipe on Pinterest for a while and finally have enough red peppers out of the garden to make it. It comes from the blog YourHomeBasedMom and got rave reviews in the comment section.

To me a man who can cook is unbelievably sexy. This is the kind of hands on dish that would be a winner for   date night, an anniversary dinner or Valentine's Day. From start to finish this dish smelled heavenly and the prep encompasses a wide variety of simple skills that anyone could do in the kitchen to make a fabulous meal.

I've only roasted peppers once in high school so this was a good chance to use that cooking skill again. I also didn't have minced garlic so I substituted 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

-3 red bell peppers
-2-3 Tbsp onion
-2 Tbsp minced garlic
-1/4 C fresh basil
-3 Tbsp olive oil
-1- 1 1/2 C half and half
-1 tsp cornstarch
-1/3 C grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese
-2 Tbsp butter
-salt and pepper to taste

Clean the veins and seeds out of the peppers and cut in half.

Broil for about 10 minutes (until the skin is wrinkled and blackened) .

Toss the peppers into a brown paper bag for 5-10 minutes to let them steam.

Dump the peppers back onto the cooking board. 

The  skin should peel right off. 

Skinless peppers.

Give the roasted peppers a rough chop.
Saute the onions, garlic, and basil in the olive oil.

Add the peppers and cook for 10 minutes.

Carefully put the mixture from the skillet into the blender and blend until smooth.

Return to the pan and bring to a boil.

Add the half and half.

Add the butter, salt and pepper. Simmer until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. 
Cook your pasta -- I think tortellini or ravioli would work best.

Serve with the sauce. 

The roasted red pepper sauce was so delicious I could have eaten it with a spoon. That might actually be delicious mixed with tomato soup. The sauce was well worth the effort.

A short note on my future blog posts...

This is where the magic happens. 
I work super hard to find new recipes for this blog (a large chunk of my free time actually) this is the perfect hobby for me because it allows me to take great pictures and to combine those pictures with cooking and writing. Check back this weekend for a variety of fun recipes that I'll be making in my boyfriend's kitchen and next weekend I'm reuniting with my college roommate (you can check out her guest post here) for a weekend devoted to grilled food and tasty drink recipes.


  1. Made this for dinner tonight. It was a hit with Paul! Thanks for the inspiration. =)


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