The Well Stocked Pantry
There are so many food items that I stock on a regular basis, like several varieties of pasta and jars of roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, just to name a few. So when I’m having an unexpectedly busy day, which is more often than not the case with two little ones at home, I don’t have to look far to quickly get a delicious and healthy meal on the table. This tasty pasta is one of them, and like the majority of my recipes, it’s versatile and totally customizable so you can make it your way. I’ve said this before- the secret to making food that tastes spectacular is the layering of flavors, which of course usually involves a fantastic sauce. In this case, I also start with a four cheese tortellini, because I could never have enough cheese, but you could also toss this savory sauce on your basic linguine or spaghetti pasta.
Your Pasta Your Way
My husband doesn’t love roasted red peppers or onions or anything mayonnaise based, but what he doesn’t know won’t kill him, right? He loves everything I make, or he’s an incredibly great liar, so we have a don’t ask don’t tell policy when it comes to ingredients. To soften the taste of the red peppers, I add two tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes to the sauce. It’s totally not necessary, this sauce is so good as is that you could just drink it out of the bowl. We aren’t vegetarians so we add ground chicken but again it’s not necessary at all. I keep ground chicken in the freezer at all times so it’s an easy protein boost. And because my husband loves bacon, we toss that in too. But I do happen to agree that smoky crumbled bacon makes just about anything taste better. Again, it’s all about layers of flavor!
Suggested Wine Pairings
Roasted red peppers are very prevalent in Spanish cuisine so my first instinct would be to reach for a Spanish wine like a peppery Verdejo or crisp Albariño. Goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc were made for each other so that would be an ideal pairing as well. If you prefer red wines, look for something on the light side with bright acidity like a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Tempranillo.