Quick & Easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce {Giveaway}

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I’m kind of on a roasted pepper kick.  I’ll try not to overload you with everything roasted red pepper that I’ve been eating lately, but this Roasted Red Pepper Sauce I just had to share!  I’ll be honest, I’m not a make-sauce-from-scratch kind of gal.  Mostly because I like what’s quick.  This sauce is half-way home made and is still super quick– like, ten minutes quick– which is totally doable for me.  

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It’s great with any variety of pasta, but I recently served it with Monterey Gourmet Foods Chicken & Cheese Rigatoni.  Monterey Gourmet Foods has a variety of all natural pasta products to choose from but I played it safe for my kiddos and went with the rigatoni.  They loved it! The Fresh Spinach & Cheese Ravioli is a safe bet too and one my kids also like.  If your kids are a little more adventurous than mine, they have several internationally inspired pasta dishes you can try as well.  I’m certain any of it drenched in this sauce would be amazing. 

The fiery, chunky, roasted red pepper flavor added great depth to the rigatoni.  I’d definitely say it’s a few steps up from your traditional jar of store bought pasta sauce (I know,  because I use it all the time). 

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Owen’s my picky eater and I wasn’t sure he’d try the rigatoni with the roasted red pepper sauce (he thinks everything is spicy). But any time I let him help make dinner he takes much more interest in eating it.  So he helped blend up the sauce and boil the noodles.  His favorite part is dumping the noodles in the water.  He yells “bombs away!” as he does it every single time.  With a big bomb sounding explosion at the end. Such a boy.  

The kid cracks me up. 

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Whip up this sauce and amp up your pasta dishes a little.  And give some of Monterey Gourmet Foods dishes a try.  You can find recipe inspiration on their Facebook page or visit their website to see a list of all of their products! 

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Quick & Easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
quick and easy, fiery roasted red pepper sauce that goes great with any pasta!
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  1. 1 heaping cup roasted red peppers (juices drained)
  2. 1 can (6 oz) italian style tomato paste
  3. 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  4. 2 tbsp chopped basil
  5. 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp onion salt
  7. 2 tbsp heavy cream or milk
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place roasted red peppers, tomato paste, and basil in a food processor and process until mostly smooth with small chunks of roasted red peppers. Spoon into a medium sauce pan. Add tomato sauce, basil, garlic, onion salt, heavy cream or milk, and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat and let simmer for about 6-8 minutes. Serve over favorite pasta.
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  1. Pesto is my favorite pasta-topper. I make my own spinach pesto and pour it over everything!

  2. I would probably do a marinara meat sauce

  3. I would serve them with a side salad and marinara sauce

  4. I would love a fresh pesto or a mushroom Marsala sauce.

  5. Oh Marinara for sure would be the sauce for me.

  6. Sandy Headtke says:

    In all honesty a jar of alfredo. But to do it right a rich sauce with garlic and cream from scratch

  7. I would serve a side salad.

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  9. Probably a cream cheese Alfredo sauce … Can’t go wrong with cream cheese!!

  10. Jessica To says:

    I would make a fresh garden salad.

  11. Pam Gurganus says:

    I would pair an Afredo sauce with my Monterey Gourmet Foods dish!

  12. Pam Gurganus says:
  13. I would put in a meatloaf, just a little of it! Love meatloaf!!!

  14. Marinara with sausage.

  15. I would pair it with my homemade red sauce, yummy….I am def going to try this red pepper sauce , it looks wonderful.

  16. a salad!

  17. I would pair it with a half pesto half tomato sauce.

  18. i would make fresh garden salad

  19. courtney b says:
  20. I like things to be more on the light side, so homemade pesto is where it’s at!

  21. Marcella Hazan’s simple tomato sauce would be great with this! (or anything for that matter….)

  22. I would serve a side dish of steamed asparagus.

  23. I think I would do a cream mushroom sauce with this!

  24. I would make a pesto cream sauce and take a day of from dieting! :)

  25. amy pugmire says:

    I would serve a side of my zucchini surprise. Its shredded zucchini and carrots.

  26. amy pugmire says:
  27. When I feel really indulgent I mix together roasted red pepper sauce and alfredo. Totally worth the calories!

  28. I’d serve it with garlic bread!

  29. A nice garlic red sauce!

  30. I love salad and breadsticks with my pasta

  31. pesto!

  32. I love using my homemade alfredo sauce!

  33. i would serve them with Hearty Garden Marinara Sauce
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  35. I would serve the dish with the Basil Pesto with Almonds & Pine Nuts, a side green salad and some Mediterranean couscous.

  36. I’d like to serve the ravioli with a rosa sauce and some breadsticks!

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  37. Ravioli sounds delicious with this sauce!

  38. I would make a white wine cream sauce with mushrooms for this

  39. I’d just do some butter and sprinkled Parmesan. My boys would love it like that.

  40. Parmesan Cheese Side Salad and Breadsticks

  41. A pesto sauce sounds good to me :)

  42. A healthy green salad. I eat one with almost every dinner.

  43. I would serve with kale salad.
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  45. Debbie Bray says:

    garlic bread and a big salad

  46. Nancy Mason says:

    I am on a Butternut Squash kick. I would try a butternut squash sauce on this pasta. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  47. Susan Smith says:

    I would serve a fresh garden salad with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and croutons.

  48. Susan Smith says:
  49. I would serve the Rainbow Five Cheese Tortelloni with a sausage/marinara sauce. Thank you!

  50. Love Pesto on anything!

  51. I would serve them with Creole Potato Salad

  52. I’d make a chunky vegetable red sauce!

  53. I think I might make a sinful cream sauce with Romano and mushrooms.

  54. yum. I would serve with 3 cheese sauce and a green salad.

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  55. I’d pair broccoli with the Rainbow Five Cheese Tortelloni!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  56. i would alfredo sauce

  57. Analisa M. says:

    I love using a creamy tomato sauce for pasta dishes.

  58. Analisa M. says:
  59. maria cantu says:

    A side salad sounds good.

  60. I’d serve it with sauteed green beans with pine nuts.

  61. I would serve mixed veggies.

  62. I’d love to make the tortelloni with garlic bread and a salad.

  63. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would serve a spinach salad.

  64. Ava Jarman says:

    I would serve a fresh green salad with tomato, bell pepper, celery, cucumber and Italian dressing, tossed and served in cold salad bowls. Also, Garlic bread with fresh butter and garlic spread over it. The sauce would be a light meat sauce I make for most of my pasta dishes and topped with a light dusting of cheese. Can you taste it! Yum.

  65. Lisa Garner says:

    I would serve this with homemade garlic twists and marinara.
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  66. Lisa Garner says:
  67. i would make a light salad

  68. A side salad and gooey garlic bread!

  69. I like a light marinara sauce.

  70. I would add my home made marinara sauce along with a big mixed green salad and some garlic cheese bread.

  71. I would love to try the Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Ravioli with the Basil Pesto with Almonds & Pine Nuts! yum!

  72. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would serve salad and rice with it

  73. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  74. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would serve it with marinara sauce.

  75. Thomas Murphy says:
  76. Tabathia B says:

    I would serve it with a garden salad

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  77. Tabathia B says:

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  78. I’d make a side salad.

  79. I think it would be amazing with pesto and sprinkled with parmesan. Yummmers! I’d also serve it with broccoli. Mmmm. :)

  80. Shrimp scampi on top of great pasta is always a delight for me.

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