Anyone who knows me (and my family) will say that we’re carnivores (at least most of us) :) We need to have some sort of protein in our meals whether it’s poultry or some kind of meat. However, lately, I’m trying to introduce more vegetables into our diet; or more like reduce the amount of meat.

Pasta…one of the things that I think goes very well with ground beef…when I hear the word ‘pasta’, I think, bolognese! So lately I was on the quest to find a very tasty, relatively vegetarian pasta recipe that would make me ask for more..if you know what I mean ;)

I came across the Pepper, Tomato and Garlic Pasta on Ozlem’s Turkish Table…and it immediately caught my attention. Cooked green peppers are not my thing…I feel they’re a bit bitter. Howeveeeer….red, orange and yellow peppers are something else! They add this sweetness to the meal you’re having. So I bought the ingredients and tried this….twice! :)

Now we have quite a bit of left overs in the fridge…and I’m excited about lunch tomorrow! :)

Finely chop the peppers and tomatoes


Saute all the ingredients and let simmer for 8 – 10 minutes



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Pasta with Peppers, Tomatoes and Garlic
Recipe type: Main Course
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Serves: 4
For the Pasta
  • 1 pack (500 grams) spaghetti
  • 1½ liters of water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Pepper and Tomato Mixture
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Juice of Half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Prepare the Pasta
  1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt. Add the pasta and cook according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Drain the pasta and coat with olive oil.
Prepare the vegetables
  1. In a large shallow pan, heat oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the peppers and garlic and sauté for 4 - 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and sauté for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice, brown sugar, and seasoning and mix well.
  5. Reduce heat and let simmer for 8 - 10 minutes.
  6. At this stage, you can taste the pepper and tomato sauce to make sure if it needs more seasoning.
  7. Remove from heat and add to cooked pasta.
  8. You can serve this dish topped with parmesan cheese.



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