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Pasta with Creamy Roasted Green Pepper Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Pepper Sauce

 

My question: Why doesn’t anyone ever make roasted pepper sauces with green peppers rather than red ones? I found my answer after trying it myself. Turns out, it’s likely because the sauce will end up looking something like this.

I can’t defend that plate above for its looks. It’s certainly nowhere near as eye-catching as you’d find its saucy red counterpart. But bear with me. Once you take a bite, I can assure you’ll want to keep the twirling motion going with that fork held in your hand.  And that’s what counts. This blog favors flavor over beauty, and seasonal ingredients over anything else. ‘Tis the season for green peppers, so why wait to make a sauce? Ya feelin’ me?

Early summer means peppers are sporting green outfits from head to toe across each pepper-ridden row in the garden. The color change won’t come until later in the season. It’s a result of their chlorophyll beginning to break down as the peppers mature.

Recently, I’ve been helping out a family with their Saturday farmer’s markets. Best part of the gig is that they kindly send me home with a refrigerator’s worth of produce. In this situation, you don’t complain that there are only green peppers for the taking. Rather, you rejoice that you’re getting to take home a basket full of them.

With the basket acquired from this past weekend, I was determined to roast up a sauce, regardless of whatever color it would yield  Hence, the recipe below. Green peppers aren’t quite as sweet as the red ones, which is why coconut milk works so well here. It adds a touch of sweetness and also generates a rather creamy, vegan sauce. Feel free to bring back some vibrant green color to the plate with parsley. However, the hint of coconut flavor in the sauce pairs particularly well with basil, as suggested below.

Side note: I added some hot sauce, and turned a batch of this into a dip for the 4th of July. Served up with tortilla chips, it went over really well. Just another option.

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