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Pesto Red Pepper Pasta

 Pesto Red Pepper Pasta
Our Test Kitchen staff created this from-scratch pesto that comes together in minutes. Roasted sweet red peppers steal the show in the savory dish.
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1 pound) linguine
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup whole blanched almonds
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers

Directions

  • Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, for pesto,
  • combine the basil, almonds and garlic in a blender or food
  • processor; cover and process for 1 minute or until finely chopped.
  • While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  • Add the cheeses, salt and pepper; pulse until combined. Drain
  • linguine; toss with pesto and roasted peppers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.