Zesty Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper and Penne Pasta

Kathy W


This was adapted from a recipe found some years ago in a newspaper. The red pepper flakes are what gives it the heat, so if you don't like things hot, use sparingly.


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  • 3 medium
    zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 jar(s)
    (12 ounces) roasted red peppers packed in water
  • 2 large
    cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    capers, drained
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes, more or less depending on how much "heat" you like
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    fresh basil, chopped
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz
    penne pasta

How to Make Zesty Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper and Penne Pasta


  1. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 4 slices (lengthwise). Cut each slice into 4 pieces.

    Julienne roasted red peppers.
  2. Heat butter and oil in large skillet. Add garlic, capers and red pepper flakes. Saute 1 minute.
  3. Stir in roasted red peppers, heat through - about 1 minute.
  4. Add zucchini, cover and cook over medium heat about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low and keep warm while cooking penne.
  5. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain. Combine in a large serving dish with basil, zucchini and peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve.

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About Zesty Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper and Penne Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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