Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo with Bucatini Pasta

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"This is a great twist on an classic 'Alfredo Sauce.' The sauce can be made in the time it takes to cook the pasta. It's a nice 'meatless Monday' dish as well. I like to use the bucatini pasta (spaghetti with a hole). It's just makes it a nice unique dish. Serve with a salad; and, dinner is served. "Easy peasy" dinner! This came from my friends 'Meatless' cook book; which I believe, is a mix of recipes she has tried over the last couple of years. I really enjoyed it; so I thought I would share. A few minor changes, but kept it basically the same. A nice simple dinner."

Original recipe yields 5 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (308.1 g)
  • Calories 597.4
  • Total Fat - 22.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 47.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1250 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 76.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 12.9 g
  • Sugars - 5.9 g
  • Protein - 19.7 g
  • Calcium - 504.8 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Sauce Base ... Add the onions, garlic, and roasted red peppers to a small food processor, and puree until smooth. Then, bring a medium size pot up to medium heat, add the olive oil, pureed onion garlic red pepper mix, and red pepper flakes. Saute the vegetables for 3-4 minutes. And, keep an eye on them, you do not want them to burn.

Step 2

Pasta ... Start your pasta, as the sauce finishes up. Bring a large pot of generously salted water up to a boil, add the pasta, reduce the heat slightly; and, cook according to package directions.

Step 3

Sauce ... Add the milk, cream, (optional white wine or vodka), goat cheese, and parmesan; cook until all the ingredients are heated through, the cheese is melted, and the sauce is creamy (about 5-10 minutes). It's done!

Step 4

Finish ... Drain your pasta; always reserving some of the pasta water (about 1/2 cup); and, return the pasta to the pot. Then, simply add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Now, just in case I want to thin out the sauce a bit; add a little of the pasta water - completely optional. Add the fresh basil and transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 5

Serve and ENJOY! Garnish with extra parmesan if you like. A fresh garden salad would be a perfect side dish. A perfect meatless Monday dish! But, this also makes a fantastic side dish as well; so, serve with your favorite protein.

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