Cook's Hideout: Pasta with Broccoli and Mozzarella in Red Pepper Sauce

November 09, 2009

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.

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

  • Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, add 2tbsp oil and sauté onions for 8-10 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
  • Next add broccoli; cover and cook till they are tender.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir the pasta into the sauce along with mozzarella. Mix well and enjoy hot.


  1. This looks absolutely ravishing, great job!

  2. I just love these kinds of pastas. Lovely one.

  3. Adding peanuts and cheese balls, sure make this pasta more tasty

  4. Lovely dear, I liked the idea of adding roasted peanuts, must have added that nutty flavor to the preparation.

  5. Can have anytime, my kids will definitely love this..

  6. I had pasta for lunch but seeing this i am hungry again.

  7. Peanuts is a wonderful idea, looks so delicious.

  8. That pasta dish looks amazing, and that's good for a girl who isn't much into pasta! Yum!

  9. Love the flavors in the dish!

  10. Looks like a happy meal to me, lovely pasta dish:)

  11. Looks delicious! Pasta with chickpeas.. got to try that :)


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