Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is super quick and seriously delicious. The perfect meal to add to your family rotation dinners! – Hungry now? Jump to Recipe

I’m all about a quick and easy dinner these days. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I’m up for a kitchen marathon to make a fancy dinner, but usually I’m more up for a 15min or less kinda deal. Creamy roasted red pepper pasta embodies everything a quick family dinner should be. Simple to make and packed with flavour.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta in skillet

As a regular midweek appearance, it’s important to me that this recipe is convenient. Don’t be put off by the roasted red pepper part of this recipe. Roasting your own peppers is optional and I’ve added a note in the recipe on how to do that. However, keeping in line with the quick and easy rotation dinner I use a jar of these bad boys.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta - Jar of Roasted Red Peppers

You’ll find a jar of these at your local supermarket fo’ shizzle. Prepped and ready to go, the bulk ingredient is done and dusted. Let’s take a quick look at what else you’re gonna need.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Ingredients List

  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Pasta of choice
  • Cream
  • Parmesan
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Fresh Parsley

Just 9 ingredients!

*victory dances all the way to the kitchen then questions if 9 is actually that good or not*

When I first developed this recipe I was working towards a 5-ingredient kinda deal, but I knew something was missing. I’ve seen a few recipes similar to this and none of them use smoked paprika. For me, smoked paprika is what takes this recipe to new levels. The way that smokey twang enhances the roasted char from the peppers is almost too much to bare.

I’m also a big fan of using garlic in this recipe. Cream and garlic is already a match made in heaven, but when combined with parsley, parmesan and butter it just makes so much sense. Sure, 5-ingredient pasta has more of a ring to it, but every ingredient in this recipe is adding something special to the dish which results in something truly quite special.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta - Stirring in Linguine

How to make a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Fry up your onion & garlic in some butter until they just begin to brown.
  2. Scrape all the contents (with as much melted butter as possible) into a food processor with your ready roasted red peppers. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Pop that back into the pan, stir in your cream & parmesan and hello creamy dreamy goodness.

The sauce itself is incredibly simple. In fact, probably one of the easiest pasta sauces you’ll ever make. I know, quite the claim.

When it comes to choosing the pasta just follow your heart. I personally prefer a linguine/fettuccine as it takes on this sauce so well. The way the noodle oozes in and out of the creamy sauce is a dream. Also because I have a strange obsession with stirring long noodles into pasta sauce.

Okay somebody give me a freakin’ fork so we can get this party started.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta - Fork Diving In

Much better.

All in all this quick dinner is the perfect midweek meal to add some heartiness to the table. Thick and creamy yet vibrant and flavoursome, you’d be a fool to not get this foolproof dish a go.

How to make Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

5 from 3 votes
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta- Overhead Shot
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

‘This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is super quick and seriously delicious. The perfect meal to add to your family rotation dinners’

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Original, Quick Meal
Keyword: Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 16 oz (460g) Jar of Roasted Red Peppers/4 Large Fresh Red Peppers (See Note A)
  • 12.2 oz (350g) Pasta
  • 1 cup (250ml) Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 medium-large White Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Parmesan, finely grated save some to serve
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Extras 'n' Optionals
  • Chilli Flakes to preference
  • Blender/Food processor
  1. Pop your Pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente.

  2. Meanwhile drain and dice your Peppers, then pop in the blender. 

  3. Fry up your Onions and Garlic in Butter until translucent and fragrant. Place in blender with the peppers and pulse until a smooth consistency. 

  4. Pour back into the pan and keep on a simmer. Pour in your Cream and stir until completely blended. Add your Parmesan, Parsley, Smoked Paprika and Seasoning.

  5. Stir until thickened then toss in your Pasta and stir until completely coated.

  6. Serve hot with an extra sprinkling of Parmesan, Parsley and Chilli Flakes if you're using them.

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Homemade Roasted Red Peppers - I use jarred roasted red peppers for this recipe to keep it a speedy 15min meal. However if you only have fresh simply broil (grill) skin side up until black on the outside, turning throughout to keep an even char. Place in a bowl with cling film over it and allow to cool. After peel off the skin, deseeded and slice. 


b) Brine - Jarred roasted red peppers usually come in a vinegary brine. Although you should drain them, don't wash them. The brine will actually help blend with the onion & garlic in the first instance. It will also add a touch of acidity which will help balance out the richness of the dish.


c) Liquid - Try and scrape as much of the melted butter into the blender after you've fried your onions & garlic. This will help to blend into a smooth consistency. If for whatever reason your blender is struggling to blend, consider adding a small amount of chicken stock or water to get things going.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I have just enough roasted red peppers on hand to make this work for homemade pasta.

    • Reply
      November 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Oh fantastic! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    November 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’m dying here…it’s gorgeous, and I have all the ingredients to make it! I adore roasted red peppers and smoked paprika!!!

    • Reply
      November 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Sue! Thank you for your kind words! Aren’t roasted red peppers just the best!?

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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    November 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    OMG, I make a similar pasta and my family adores it! So good!

    • Reply
      November 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      No way! Great families think alike 😉

  • Reply
    November 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This looks really tasty and moist! I really love how it’s not dry pasta and has a lot of sauce to it! Amazing!

    • Reply
      November 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Hannah! Saucey pasta for the win!

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    Jamie | A Sassy Spoon
    November 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    OMG YUM! These photos make me wish I could grab some of this and chow down. Thank you for sharing, Chris!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Yeah was pretty hard to resist faceplanting not gonna lie. Thanks, Jamie!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Melissa Griffiths
    November 29, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Dreamy is a great word to describe this dish! Looks scrumptious and I love how easy it is!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thanks so much, Melissa! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hahahaha, first off, the name of your blog is freaking awesome!
    Second, smoked paprika is the (swear word). My pantry never goes without it! I sprinkle that goodness on meat dishes, cheese dishes, pasta dishes, you name it, it’s in there!
    Third, your recipe looks off the flipping chain delicious! I’m obsessed with red peppers, I buy them every week, so I’m pinning this for later so I can make this recipe soon!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Christina! Isn’t smoked paprika just the absolute *insert several swear words* ! Thanks for brightening up my day with your comment! Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do 🙂

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    Liv @ Healthy Liv
    January 22, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    oh WOW this looks amazing! That last photo makes me want to take a big bite of pasta right out of the skillet- forget the plate!

    • Reply
      January 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Haha, thanks so much, Liv! 🙂

  • Reply
    June 19, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I make this all the time for my fam. It’s a fave with the wife and kid. Tasty and quick. I put less cream than you suggest and it’s still super good! Thanks!

    • Reply
      June 19, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Hey Erick! That’s awesome, thanks for coming back and sharing the kind words. So glad you and the fam love it 🙂

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