Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce

I like to add veggies to my pasta dishes, so it makes for a complete meal. This is one of my favorite ways to have my pasta, sautéed veggies with lots of sauce. For this dish I decided to puree store bought roasted red peppers out of the jar with some roasted peanuts and almonds for a quick weeknight dinner. I also had some cherry mozzarella in the fridge that I put in the dish to make it creamy & cheesy.

Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce
I like to add veggies to my pasta dishes, so it makes for a complete meal. This is one of my favorite ways to have my pasta, sautéed veggies with lots of sauce. For this dish I decided to puree store bought roasted red peppers out of the jar with some roasted peanuts and almonds for a quick weeknigh...

Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce

Summary

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  • Coursenoodles & pasta
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield4~6 Serving s 4~6 Serving
  • Cooking Time45 minutesPT0H45M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time1 hour, 5 minutesPT1H5M

Ingredients

Short cut pasta – I used tri color rotelle pasta
1lb.
Red Onion – medium, chopped
1
Broccoli florets– chopped
2 cups
Chickpeas - drained & rinsed
16oz. cans of
Tomato – medium, chopped
1
Garlic – minced
2 cloves
Roasted red peppers – drained
4-5
Roasted peanuts
3tbsps
Almonds
2tbsps
Red pepper flakes
1tsp
Cherry size Mozzarella (Bocconcini or Ciliegine) – drained
8 oz. container of
Salt & Pepper
to taste

Steps

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a large sauté pan, add 2tbsp oil and sauté onions for 8-10 minutes or until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
  4. Next add broccoli; cover and cook till they are tender.
  5. In the meantime, blend the roasted peppers, peanuts & almonds into a paste. I wanted some texture to the sauce, so I left the sauce a little coarse.
  6. When the broccoli is almost cooked add the sauce along with tomato, chickpeas, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  7. Stir the pasta into the sauce along with mozzarella. Mix well and enjoy hot.
Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce
Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce
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