Roasted Bell Pepper Recipes

Carrot and Red Bell Pepper Soup Recipe Recipe

Carrot and Red Bell Pepper Soup Recipe

06.26.12 by Jackie

We’ve been experiencing unseasonably cool weather this week. I’ve been making a lot of healthy summer salads for the family, but today I decided to switch it up a bit and prepare a big pot of hot soup.

I used the remaining freshly picked carrots from our garden and roasted red bell peppers as the main flavorings in the soup. To ensure that it remained healthy and well-balanced, I added well-known French beans called flageolet beans. They resemble large, pale green kidney beans and have a very delicate flavor with a starchy texture, which married perfectly with the velvety soup. 


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Roasted Red Pepper Risotto (Ajvar Recipe)  Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Risotto (Ajvar Recipe)

04.26.12 by Jackie

This risotto recipe gets its rich flavor and color from ajvar, a Serbian mix of puréed roasted bell peppers, eggplant, garlic and chiles. It’s very versatile, easy to make and stores very well.

I prepared the sauce a day in advance. You'll likely have some leftover ajvar after making the risotto, which can be used on toast or as filling in puff pastry appetizers. 

 


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Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Eggplant Pasta Sauce Recipe

11.02.11 by Jackie

A warm pasta dish is the ideal comfort food, especially with the temperature dropping drastically in the Bay Area. There are no more fresh tomatoes in our planter and I had no canned tomatoes in my pantry either. With a tomato-based sauce out of the question, I made my own creation with a buttery cream cheese base. To that, I added roasted eggplant pulp for smokiness, roasted bell peppers, button mushrooms, garlic, sage and smoked paprika to complement the eggplant.

I used Wellenband egg noodles that I sautéed with the eggplant pasta sauce and added a little pasta water to finish the dish. I found the versatile shape of Wellenband pasta very original; the ruffles hold the sauce beautifully in their ridges. I also like the nice medium size; they can be eaten in one bite, which avoids any messiness, especially for children.


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Israeli Couscous Risotto with Roasted Bell Peppers  Recipe

Israeli Couscous Risotto with Roasted Bell Peppers

08.01.11 by Jackie

Risotto is a traditional dish made with rice cooked in broth to a creamy consistency. Usually, I add rice-shaped pasta (such as orzo or melon-seed pasta) which add more creaminess to the risotto. The problem was that today I unfortunately had no Arborio or Carnaroli rice in my pantry. I experimented with the only starchy ingredient I found in the kitchen; Israeli couscous. Israeli couscous is a small-grained toasted pasta.

I flavored it with roasted bell peppers. It's not very traditional but I found the starchiness of the couscous worked well. Surprisingly, the new version of risotto was very popular among the children in my house. I'm definitely going to make this dish again, maybe with other flavorings.


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Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Asparagus

03.14.10 by Jackie

There are few side dishes that are as intensely colorful and beautiful as a platter of roasted red bell peppers and asparagus. The flavors and textures are very distinct and complementary. They don't need much in the way of dressing; I usually only add a little lemon, pickled red onion and sea salt after drizzling them with olive oil and roasting them in the oven.

It's a great party platter because you can prepare it in advance. I usually roast the vegetables several hours before we have guests over, and then dress them right before serving. You could also serve the veggies straight out of the oven if you'd like them warm. Either way, this simple yet elegant dish is a perfect way to begin a dinner party. Enjoy!


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