Roasted Red Bell Pepper - Walnut Pesto with Penne Pasta

There are some days when we run out of Veggies and we may be in a situation forced to make something for dinner ,right?  at least some of you may nod 'yes'. Well, i have faced this situation like a couple of times now.Its like very very hard to decide on a simple dinner when you have a very picky eater at home, and its kind of hard to find out what is the little ones current favorite. Yesterday i  asked her whether she wanted a cookie in evening and all of sudden out of blue she wanted. Idly at that moment  now where will i go for Idly when i don't have any Idly batter at home.

Sometimes even the left over veggies gives you ideas right? I won't say this Pasta came out of from the left over veggies, but i luckily i had all these veggies in hand. Having made this before and knowing that my little girl loves this i made it again ; Pasta - mixed with the Red Bell Pepper Pesto is kind of loved by all of us, and the little one loves it to the fullest.
We do have a love for Pastas but it should have some spice touch to it, i have added a bit of our taste to this recipe. This is how we love it at home.
Pepper Roasted with walnuts and spices and ground to a smooth paste, it gives in so much flavour.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper -Walnut Pesto with Penne Pasta

2 cups Penne Pasta ( cooked as per instructions in the pack )
1 Zucchini ( cut in half moon )
7-8 Mushroon ( sliced , i used Crimini Mushrooms )
1/4 cup Green Peas ( i used the frozen ones )
2-3 Garlic Pods ( chopped )
1/2 tsp Red Chili Flakes / Crushed Pepper flakes ( adjust )
1/2 tsp Herbs De Provence ( opt , or any Italian spice mix )
Red Bell Pepper - Walnut Pesto as needed ( Recipe Follows )
Parmesan Cheese as needed
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Method :

Heat oil in pan and saute garlic, (do not burn it ), add in the zucchini , mushrooms and peas saute until tender but not mushy ( it should still have the crunch ).
Add in Pasta , chili flakes, herbs de provence , pesto , salt as needed  and mix well.
Add in the Pesto as needed, ( i added the whole pesto ).
Serve in a plate and sprinkle with  Parm cheese &  red chili flakes.

Red Bell Pepper & Walnut Pesto

1 Big Red Bell Pepper / Capsicum ( cut in cubes )
1/4 cup Walnut ( chopped )
5 -6 Garlic pods ( sliced )
1 tsp Red chilli flakes
1 tsp Herbs De Provence
1 - 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt &   Pepper


In a large bowl mix everything until well coated and spread on to a baking sheet.
Arrange your oven to the lowest and broil the veggies for a few mins until cooked and charred, do toss it in between. Once done cool it and blend everything together and use it as required.


  1. looks really good... i'm always in for a bowl of pasta when i'm too lazy to cook...

    1. Thanks dear :) , yea this is super easy to make

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