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Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

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BOB BAILEY

A light and creamy sauce with puree of roasted red peppers as the base. It is excellent on any type of pasta, but tortellini or ravioli seems to be the best match. The prep time is rather long, but the result is definitely worth it. Freezes well. In fact, the taste may improve slightly.

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  • Calories:
  • 206 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 18.9 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 5.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 258 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler. Lightly coat the red peppers with olive oil. Grill peppers under the broiler until the skin is blackened, and the flesh has softened slightly. Place peppers in a paper bag or resealable plastic bag to cool for approximately 45 minutes.
  2. Remove the seeds and skin from the peppers (the skin should come off the peppers easily now). Cut peppers into small pieces.
  3. In a skillet, cook and stir the garlic, basil, and red peppers in 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes, so that the flavors mix.
  4. Place mixture in blender (careful it is hot), and puree to desired consistency. Return puree to skillet, and reheat to a boil. Stir in the half-and-half and the Romano cheese; cook and stir until the cheese melts. Add the butter, and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
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vanessajbaca
147
11/30/2006

This was excellent! Like other reviewers, I used roasted red peppers out of a jar, fat-free half and half and a bit of flour to thicken, and it came out just great. I used whole-grain spinach tortellini stuffed with ricotta and the dish was excellent! I will be making again.

ZachX
115
10/17/2007

Very good sauce... even my mom, my toughest critic, loved it! If made with skim milk and flour instead of cream, it can be a real healthy sauce that feels guilty. The recipe does make enough foor for a cruise ship, though. A few suggestions... 1) I mixed in diced chicken (briefly sauteed in red wine) and put it over spaghetti. 2) I would add more spices. I actually put in hot sauce, very nice kick. 3) If you make it thick enough, it could be used as a dip! Cut up some pita bread, toast the slices, and dip it into the sauce when it's cold.

cookiequeen
97
3/9/2007

This was good. I am a big fan of tomato cream sauces so I thought I would switch it up and try this. Def different and worth a try. I did sautee up some onion with the garlic and basil and I used jarred roasted peppers and added a few extra pieces. I also used mostly heavy cream with a splash of whole milk for the cream which I also mixed in 2 tsp cornstarch for a thicker sauce. Spiced it up with some dashes of red pepper flakes, sea salt, pepper, and red paprika. Using fresh grated cheese makes a big difference in a dish. Served over fettucini. Wouldn't it be an idea to brown chicken chunks with the onion/garlic - blend the peppers then pour over the chicken..Let that cook awhile and then add the cream and spices...Throw over pasta and top with some shredded mozzarella cheese and bake til cheese melts...Sounds good huh?? It's great to have a decent base recipe to experiment with.