Angel Hair Pasta, Red Pepper Pesto and Basil

Try this simple recipe for Angel Hair pasta with red pepper pesto and basil.


  • medium red bell peppers  ·  3 
  • pine nuts  ·  1 tablespoon 
  • small garlic clove, smashed  ·  1 
  • basil leaves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped basil  ·  1/4 cup 
  • extra-virgin olive oil  ·  1/2 cup 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (each)  ·  1/2 teaspoon 
  • angel hair pasta  ·  1/2 pound 
  • pecorino cheese, shaved  ·  1/2 cup 


Make a simple summery sauce by blending roasted red peppers with traditional pesto ingredients, like basil and pine nuts, to toss with cool angel hair pasta. The pesto freezes beautifully and is also delicious spread on grilled cheese sandwiches or swirled into soups.

Roast the red peppers over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. Peel, core and chop the peppers.

In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Let cool.

Transfer the peppers and pine nuts to a blender. Add the garlic and whole basil leaves and blend until coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and puree to a chunky pesto. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and cool slightly under running water. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the pesto. Season the pasta with salt and pepper. Top with the chopped basil and pecorino and serve at room temperature with Joy Sauvignon Blanc.

Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Joy Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp and elegant this light gold Sauvignon Blanc has the illusion of citrus and passion-fruit on the nose finishing with a lingering soft, dry melon on the palate.