Sunday, September 07, 2008

Pepperoni Pasta

Pepperoni PastaHas there ever been a recipe that included the word "pepperoni" that didn't get attention from my family? Probably not, they'd love anything with the stuff. In fact, one of my favorite salads is the Pizza Salad that my cousin Amber shared with us--tasty, very tasty.

This pasta is heavy on the red peppers and tomatoes so there are plenty of vitamins along with the fatty pepperoni part--you might try substituting turkey pepperoni for a little less fat and whole wheat pasta for some extra healthy punch. The sauce is spicy and rich enough that it covers the whole wheat well so that if you don't tell them what you've done they'll never know.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 28-ounce can of pureed or finely diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon paprika
8 ounces of pepperoni cut in thin strips
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste
16 ounces rotini or other shaped pasta

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the onion and garlic to cook over a medium heat until soft. About five minutes. Then add the red and orange bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, sundried tomatoes and paprika and bring to a gentle boil.

Add the pepperoni and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well then let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta and drain. Once drained, served topped with the sauce and some freshly grated Parmesan if desired.

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19 comments:

Gene Black said...

I always put pepperoni in my spaghetti sauce if I have it on hand. It really adds to the flavor layers. I agree with your earlier sentiment " I’m not at the front of the line when it comes to low-fat dishes."

I have been doing the whole wheat pasta for about a year and now I actually like it BETTER.

sukku said...

sounds yummy....

calicobebop said...

Pepperoni + pasta will make any kid happy! I'm certainly going to use this one for my picky little girl - thanks!

Amber M. said...

You had me at "pepperoni."

:-)

jennwa said...

Another wonderful recipe. Yum!

Maddy said...

Who does not 'desire' Parmesan!

I wonder if it would work with cilantro or would the flavours fight?

I have a bushel of fresh parsley in the garden but I have a soggy bag of cilantro in the fridge.

Decisions, decisions.....
Cheers

Heather said...

I'm so glad I ate before I read blogs this morning. Otherwise, I'd have drown my poor keyboard drooling over this. It soulds fabulous!

Lisa said...

I have put pepperoni in my pasta. I will now! Thanks for sharing :)

Sharlene said...

Well my husband is intrigued and so am I so I will be making this one this week. I will let you know what the verdict is. I think it sounds yummy!

SarahHub said...

Mmmm... this looks yummy! I'll have to try this one!

Shannon said...

Pepperoni is a safe bet with my family, too ( : This sounds good. . .

Shannon said...

P.S. You'll have to find another copy of the 'Book of Virtues'~ I think you'd really enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by ( :

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

This sounds good - almost too good. But what's the fun of life if you can't have a little pepperoni every now and again, right? :)

Kari

MamaGeek said...

Now THIS is my kind of recipe. Delicious, easy and ITALIAN!

Michele said...

This looks yummy!

Michelle said...

Hi Michelle
I just showed my husband this and he said"OHHHH" .I guess that means that I better make that this week..Thanks for posting this..

Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I am trying to be better about "menu planning" and am in search of new ideas for my weekly plan. I really like this one. :)

Killlashandra said...

My family is with your family. How can you go wrong with a recipe that has pepperoni in it? :) Have to try this one too.

Sheila said...

Sounds like another winner! I'm adding it to the Scribbit section in my recipe binder. He he!
Just kidding!