Cook's Hideout: Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce

March 18, 2015

Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Different Pasta Sauces
Dish: Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce
I consider myself at least 5 years behind technology especially social media. The only one that I use is Facebook and that is mainly for the blog and sometimes to share pics of the family. I have no clue where to play and how to play on Facebook. So there you have it -- now you know there is no point in sending me that Farmville request because you got it -- I don't know how to play -- Thank you. But if I compare myself with my husband, I am at least 10 years ahead because he has no Facebook account and he thinks I'm snooping around and violating someone's privacy by reading their status update, hehehe :-)
I digress, coming back to the case in point. I recently started using Instagram, even though I've had the account for almost 2~3 years now. What I'm stumped is the hashtags used in Instagram. Most of the time I'm #totallystuck #havenoclue #howtousehashtags. Any tips, tricks and inputs into expanding my #hashtagknowledge would be highly #appreciated :-) Please leave them in the #comments section below. Thank you.
Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce

OK, so now that it is out of the way. Here's a pasta sauce that it is not as complicated to make and is pretty healthy too. Peppers are one of my favorite veggies and I try to buy them in all available colors. This pasta sauce uses them in ground form along with almonds and a little bit of tomato puree. I flavored it with some dried basil since I didn't have any fresh on hand.
Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce
All in all this is a delicious pasta dish that is enjoyed by all in my family and is in constant rotation for our weekly meals.
Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce
IngredientsServes 4
Pasta - 8oz. (any shape & size pasta will work, I used Spinach Rotini here)
Peppers - 2~3 medium, chopped (I used a combination of red, green & orange)
Red Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Almonds - ½cup (I used slivered almonds)
Tomato puree - ½cup
Garlic - 3~4 cloves, crushed
Basil - ¼cup (or use 2tsp dried basil)
Red Chili flakes - ½~1tsp (optional)
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  • Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions, peppers, garlic cloves and almonds. Cook covered on medium flame until the veggies are tender and slightly getting browned around the edges. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool a little. Then grind to a smooth paste adding enough water.
  • Return the pepper-almond paste to the pan along with tomato puree, dried basil (if using), red chili flakes (if using), salt and pepper. Simmer the mixture for 3~4 minutes. Add some pasta cooking water if the sauce looks too thick. 
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix well. Garnish with fresh basil leaves (if using) and serve hot.
Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 50.


  1. Wow yummy !!

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  2. LOL Pavani, you got me ROFL...I hope you know what these two acronyms are, given how much we chat on whatapp. trust me it took me a while to understand these ones myself, as I have strong aversion to writing in short forms. So I always felt twitter is not for me. I don't know how to talk less..anyway when it comes to games, you have company, I haven't played anything till date, so you are not missing anything there..hahah...

    The pasta is completely stunning..what a lovely lovely pic you got for us to drool! very nicely composed..

  3. Talking of the era... Where would you place me? I too feel the same :)) btw the paata looks great and beautiful clicks.

  4. very interesting pasta sauce...

  5. Toms to based pasta sauce is always a hit. Flavoring it with veggies takes it to a new level.

  6. Wow! Its a nice way to camouflage the veggies. Looks attractive.

  7. I am in the same position you are Pavani! The first para sounds exactly like me!! And I still have no clue on #howtouse instagram!
    And this is the sauce my kiddo would love to have in her pasta for all 3 meals!!

  8. I am laughing reading at you intro Pavani! I don;t have an instragram account and I should create one soon, before our leader comes up with a instragram exercise :) Coming to the recipe, this is so interesting. Love the color contrast :)

  9. Pavani, I don't know what to say...the sauce, the bowl, the pictures and the entire dish is looking perfect and delicious. I'm just like you I don't play facebook games too....even I'm a late bloomer when it comes to social networking. Jayanthi(

  10. Lol Pavani, instagram is something i dont maitrise well too.. Btw this recipe is just simply out of the world.

  11. ROFL Pavani. The into had me in smiles. The veggie pasta sauce is really very innovative. Shall bookmark for the next time I need to make pasta which is tomorrow :)

  12. I totally understand where you are coming from. I don't even have a FB account. :)
    That pasta sauce sounds yummy.

  13. Lol Pavani..No clues..

    Pasta sauce sounds very flavorful and tempting...


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