Roasted Red Pepper Sauce over Tortellini

Tortellini are ring shaped pasta stuffed with various fillings such as meat or cheese. Originally from Bologna, Italy, legend has it when the gods walked the earth, an innkeeper was so enchanted with the beauty of Venus, he modeled the little tortellini after her navel.

Vegetarian frozen tortellini are usually stuffed with cheese and can be used in soups. Boiled in vegetable broth with salt and pepper is my favourite way of preparing them. But most of the times I prefer tortellini light, hence I buy dried ones stuffed with a variety of vegetables. Though they taste good with bare vegetable broth, I jazz them up with a special ‘something’ that adds a homemade touch to the otherwise ordinary store-bought dinner.

The sauce is easy to whip-up with just your pantry ingredients. Roasted red pepper gives it a sweet, smoky but scrumptious flavour. I have used sun dried tomato and oregano tortellini in this recipe.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce over Tortellini

Ingredients

Tortellini – ½ lb dried or 1 lb frozen
Roasted red pepper – 4 (about ½ of a 12 oz jar)
Onion – 1, small
Garlic – 3 cloves
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Herbs of your choice (Cilantro, basil, oregano, thyme or parsley)
Salt
Oil

Method

Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain and reserve. Puree the roasted red peppers until smooth.

In a pan, heat oil, sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add the pureed roasted pepper, chilli powder, sugar and salt, and heat through. Stir in the herb and pour the sauce over pasta. Toss gently to coat and serve.

This is my entry for Waiter There Is Something In My... Sauce hosted by Andrew Barrow of Spittoon Extra.

39 comments:

Roopa said...

i have never tastes this tortellini. got to check out stuffed with sundried tomatoes yum. looks very tasy...

Raaga said...

I once made herb tortellini from scratch with butter vegetable sauce. Came out lovely. I will try this one. Sadly, we don't get tortellini here in India.

Cinnamon said...

Lovely Picture, Iam just in love with that!! I have never tried Tortellini, but it sounds and looks very delicious!!

madhuli said...

Awesome photo as usual Suganya.I haven't heard about tortellini before. I am not sure we get it here. Anyways thanks for the lovely and moutwatering recipe.

SeeC said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Your blog has a different look and feel. Lovely. I shud keep coming here.
Tortellini is new to me. I will definitely try.
Thanks for the post.

Meeta said...

We love tortellini! Your pepper sauce looks incredible Suganya. Love the vovod color!

Vcuisine said...

Nice one Suganya. Never tried. But looks interesting. Viji

Coffee said...

oh my! That pic is so inviting!! :) The recipe sounds wonderful too!

Poonam Phatak-Mutha said...

Hey, that looks so delicious! I have it on my to do list now..

indosungod said...

Looks colorful and lovely. Like the roasted Red pepper sauce Hmm

Richa said...

hey, liked ur idea of using red pepper for this sauce over the tortellini :)

Asha said...

Ooh! I love Spinach and cheese Tortellinis too,usually cook dried ones!:))
Love the sauce,great entry.I am too late for that event I am afraid!

archana said...

My first comment vanished :) Never tasted this but I liked the recipe and the presentation. The bowl looks very attractive :)

Saju said...

wow! that looks so good, I could gobble it down, inspite of just having had lunch!!

Sandeepa said...

That is so colourful...perfect to shoo away the Monday Blues :)

Priya said...

That looks delicious Suganya ! Only yesterday I went to Trader Joe's and was tempted to buy these, but couldn't think of a way to cook them and marinara sauce is so boring...so I skipped them :( wish I had seen this post before I went...hmmm

bhags said...

I have never tried tortellini....the method of making sauce is innovative....nice recipe, I am sure gonna try this one

ramya said...

Hi,
this looks yummy........please invite me when u make this again.

Manasi said...

Wow!! looks so yum!!! I love Italian food, but the Hubby is nt much into it :( hope I can make this soon!

Sharmi said...

please ,please, please tell me how do you take such great pics. I have canon G7, will it work to take such pics.
BTW tortellini looks yummicious!

Susan said...

Occasionally I'll come across fresh tortellini, but I'm w/ you, Suganya. I like to have a box of the dried on hand; there's no fuss & it keeps forever. Roasted red pepper is a great touch.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suganya!
can we do this with maggi too? lovely photo pa!

bee said...

can never go wrong with roasted red peppers. this will also make a great pizza base.

Mishmash ! said...

Liked the Roasted red pepper sauce idea......will deft'ly spice up the pasta ...let me bookmark this to try later...thanks :)

Shn

Neelam said...

This looks yummy! I have never tried tortellini, but now I will! Thanks.

Suganya said...

Roopa, I got this from Cost Plus World Market.

Raaga, Herb tortellini sounds great. Can you pls post the recipe when you find time?

Cinnamon, you've got to try them. They are tiny little pockets of surprise.

Madhuli, They are available in all supermarkets.

SeeC, Thank you for yr kind words.

Meeta, The photo is purposefully saturated to get that vibrant color :)

Thank you very much Viji, Coffee, Poonam, ISG and Richa :)

Asha, U still have time till 25th of this month. The host had mentioned that he wud be lenient with the deadline. Do participate in the event. I wud love to know what yr entry wud be :)

Archana, Thank you for leaving a second comment :). Dont know what happened to the first one :)

Saju, They are light and refreshing. You sure can have a bowl even after lunch ;)

Sandeepa, Lemme know whether it helped you ;)

Oh Priya, its ok. You can make another trip dear. Another reason to go back to TJ's ;)

Thank you Bhags!

Ramya, I can make this day anyday if you decide to come :)

Manasi, Thats a bummer :(. But this is a perfect meal-for-one. You can make this for lunch.

Sharmi, Of course it should work. Macro mode is the secret :)

Exactly Susan. When you run out of all dinner ideas, tortellinis are a great help. i like to have them drizzled with a good quality EVOO, S&P.

Usha, I have never tried this with maggi. You can let me know whether that would work.

Bee, Thats a great suggestion. Will try it out sometime.

Shn, Neelam, Do try and lemme know whether you liked it :)

Seema said...

How on the earth do you manage to click such beautiful pictures girl. Love them all. I never got a chance to try tortellini till date. Will try this one sometime. Red pepper sauce looks and sounds mouthwatering.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is looking delish!..... Never seen sundried tomato tortellini in my regular market.....I think i am going to hunt for it...Lovely recipe!

Tee said...

This looks great! Never tried tortellini before, because I mostly found cheese stuffed ones, have to search for the other kind now:)
The story behind tortellini is also prety interesting :)

Padma said...

Nice post and looks delicious!

Meena said...

I simply LOVE the pic, Suganya! Makes me wanna dig right in. Really, truly delicious looking! :)

TBC said...

The pic is absolutely beautiful!

Dee said...

Im fascinated by all forms of pasta... and sundried tomatoes and pasta combo can never go wrong!!

USHA said...

New recipe...asusal wonderful presentation...lovely photograph....Thanks for sharing.

Kajal said...

Love your photo my dear you capture very fine. Great going dish....never taste before but say definitely it is delicious.:)

Prema Sundar said...

nice presentation as usual and I love the colours in the dish. they look so fresh!!!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Awesome picture. Really beautiful.

Kanchana

Colette said...

I just tried this sauce this afternoon. It was delicious! I had some extra herbs to use up and this was the perfect solution! Thanks.

Young.Single.Dad. said...

Hey, just tried this recipe, it was so good I had to include it in my blog! (I hope you don't mind!) Check out my post A Simple Meal

Thanks for a great recipe! My 3 year old daughter, who doesn't really like food with sauce, inhaled this meal!

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