One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Whole Wheat Pasta
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
This one pot pasta is made with roasted red peppers, garlic, spinach, and whole wheat pasta for a tasty and healthy entree
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
  • 2 shallots, diced (can substitute 1 medium onion)
  • 12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2½ - 3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes (can be omitted if you don't like spicy food)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (optional garnish)
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts (optional garnish)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (200 degrees celsius).
  2. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove the stems and seeds, and place cut side up on a baking tray.
  3. Place 1 clove of garlic in each bell pepper half, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, and place in the oven for 25 minutes*.
  4. Once the bell peppers and garlic are cooked, roughly chop them.
  5. Heat the remaining tbsp of olive oil over a medium heat in a dutch oven or large, wide-based pan.
  6. Add the shallots and cook gently for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped bell peppers, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, 2½ cups of the broth, balsamic vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Make sure the pasta is as submerged as possible.
  8. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover.
  9. Cook for about 10 minutes, checking regularly that the pasta is not sticking to the bottom. If the water runs dry or the pasta sticks before it is cooked, add the remaining ½ cup of broth.
  10. Once the pasta is al dente, stir in the basil and spinach and cook for another minute until the spinach has wilted.
  11. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste, and serve with a sprinkling of feta cheese and pine nuts.
  12. *If you want to save time, you can use a jar of roasted bell peppers and some raw diced garlic.
Recipe by The Wholesome Fork at http://www.thewholesomefork.com/2016/02/10/one-pot-roasted-pepper-whole-wheat-pasta/