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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Chicken over Penne

I've been on a huge roasted red pepper kick lately.  Main reason is because I do so love roasted red peppers, but also, because I actually bought a jar of roasted red peppers and wanted to make sure I utilized every single one of them.  I normally would roast my own peppers, but sometimes, just sometimes, I do like the ease of certain things and jarred roasted peppers definitely makes things easy.

So when I was a kid there were really only a few types of sauces we put on our pasta....homemade, Ragu, and roast gravy (oh, yes, brown gravy you make with your roast tastes wonderful on pasta, TRUST me!!!).  As I grew older, I realized that there was so much more to pasta then the basic marinara/tomato sauce.  One of my favorites that I've stumbled across is roasted red pepper sauce.  It's got a wonderful flavor that's close enough to regular sauce but different enough that it makes you go...mmmmmm, yeah, I like that!!!

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Chicken over Penne Pasta
Printable Recipe 
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips or bite size chunks
1 box whole grain penne pasta
I cup jarred roasted red pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain.

In a food processor, add the red pepper, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and tomato paste.  Pulse until combined.  Pour into a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until just heated through.  Add the chicken and the basil.  Serve over pasta and enjoy!


Yenta Mary said...

OMG!!! I would eat that for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack!

Cranberry Morning said...

I'm with Yenta Mary on that!! :-) All delicious ingredients and the long red peppers in my garden are ready to be picked - and maybe roasted! Great idea.

StephenC said...

Beautiful, colorful!

Betty Ray said...

Oooh, this looks yum. I'd like some right this minute!!

Pam said...

Great! This sounds so delicious! I love roasted peppers and have a jar in the refrigerator so I need to get the pasta out and try this. Brown gravy with pasta-I will definitely have to try that one too! Thanks!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

DUDE this sounds SO freaking good!!! What a YUMMY recipe! I'm bookmarking this one for sure. Heck I might make it for lunch today!!! WOO HOO a new pasta recipe, thanks Jenn!

And all I can say is WORD on the gravy on pasta. Pot roast with egg noodles and gravy, oh man is there much better in this world? :)

Mary said...

I so love the flavor of red peppers. This dish has my name on it. It sounds delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...

Oh wow this looks good! Filling too.

Roasted red peppers rock! Roasted any kind of pepper rock, actually :)

Cheeseboy said...

I have never made homemade sauce. I didn't even know there was such thing!

pepper sauce said...

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