Italian pasta with roasted peppers is not high in protein, but it is a nice starter dish, and you can always add other plant protein ingredients, if wished. What is certain is that these homemade recipes are far tastier and cheaper than the boring red pepper pasta sauces that you can buy in shops. Top with vegan Parmesan (conventional Parmesan is not even vegetarian, as it by law contains calf rennet).
Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers (So Vegan) is a tastier, healthier and cheaper version of the jars of roasted pepper pasta sauces that you find in shops. Fresher too! You can use jarred peppers if you want, but add fresh veggies too, along with mixed herbs. Top with cashews for protein, fresh basil and chilli flakes.
Red peppers are one of the sweeter peppers (more so than yellow or orange). They simply ripen later, before being picked. They have twice the vitamin C of green peppers, and also contain vitamin A (from beta-carotene), a vitamin mostly found in animal products. Sold fresh or in jars of oil, they are actually fruits, named by Spanish explorers, who were looking for peppercorn to make black pepper. They are called capsicums in Australia.
Vegan Creamy Red Pepper Pasta (The Happy Pear) is the ideal dish if you like creamy pastas, but without the cream. This dish chars the peppers and serves in a vegan cream sauce, with wholemeal pasta shells. You can add some freshly cooked veg, to make it a more filling and nutritious meal.
Red Pepper Pasta with Vegan Pesto (Pick Up Limes) is a delicious Italian weeknight supper. The peppers are combined with garlic and black pepper and zucchini, with drained sun-dried tomatoes and roasted walnuts. Serve with fresh basil. If you buy pesto, note that most brands contain Parmesan, so look in free-from aisles for vegan brands.
This pasta with creamy red pepper sauce (Planted and Picked) is a nice change from jarred tomato sauce. The peppers and mushrooms give the flavour, plus there is veg stock, tomato, lemon juice and nutritional yeast (for a B12-rich cheesy taste). Cashews make this sauce creamy, and also add in protein and calcium.As a rule, you serve thin sauces with thin pasta (like angel spaghetti) and thick sauces with thick pasta (like shells). It’s up to you whether you salt the pasta. Some people don’t. But know that in Italy, non-salted pasta water is known as ‘silly pasta!’
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Crowded Kitchen) is rich and filling. The creamy sauce is made with cashews, and the dish also contains red peppers and carrots. An ideal sauce that you can make ahead.