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Pepper, Harissa and Tomato Pasta Sauce

Pepper, Harissa and Tomato Pasta Sauce 4.000

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Dinner in Minutes Aug 30, 2022

This spicy red no-cook sauce comes together in about 10 minutes in a blender. It’s so easy to make, it might be done before your pasta has finished boiling. The dish can be a fast-and-easy weeknight meal, but it also works well as a side dish with simply cooked proteins, such as steak, grilled chicken or tofu.

Active time: 20 mins

Make Ahead: The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Storage Notes: Refrigerate leftover sauce for up to 3 days; freeze for up to 1 month.

Where to Buy: Make your own rose harissa (see related recipe), or find it in international markets or online.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes about 2 cups of sauce

  • 1 pound spaghetti or your favorite pasta shape
  • Fine salt
  • 2 large red, orange or yellow bell peppers (14 ounces total), cored, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 6 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rose harissa
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

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Fill a large pot with water, place over high heat and bring to a boil. Season lightly with salt, add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions, stirring occasionally, until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, place the bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and harissa in a blender and process until smooth. Taste, and season with salt and pepper, as needed.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to a large bowl. Pour the sauce over it and, using tongs or two big forks, toss to coat. Serve family-style, with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Source

From “Persiana Everyday” by Sabrina Ghayour (Hachette, 2022).

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 1/3 cups pasta and 1/3 cup sauce) based on 6: 364

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 168mg 7%

Total Carbohydrates: 67g 22%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 12g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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