Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo pasta is not your mama’s Alfredo. This roasted red pepper Alfredo pasta sauce is kicked up a notch with savory cheese!
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Just the name alone says it all…cheesy roasted red pepper Alfredo sauce! Yes, please! And get that plate ready for a second serving!
My family members are huge pasta fans and we are always working to create new dishes. We have had the idea of roasted red pepper Alfredo pasta sauce on our mind for some time.
Traditional alfredo sauce is made from parmesan cheese, olive oil, and garlic. That sauce is delicious, but I needed to make something different. I love how fun it is to create your own spin on a traditional recipe.
I wanted to make it a non-traditional red Alfredo sauce by adding in some chunky queso blanco cheese. This extra step adds a beautiful layer of texture to the sauce and makes this roasted red pepper sauce extra special and unique.
This delightful pasta dish is easy to make using a blender or food processor and uses minimal ingredients.
We did make this cheesy roasted red pepper Alfredo dish using dairy products. With some testing, I think we could come up with a dairy-free vegan option of this cheesy red sauce too!
How To Make Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pasta Sauce
You are combining some sauteed onions, roasted red pepper and some heavy cream. So simple!
Once you have the base of your cheesy roasted red pepper Alfredo sauce started, you are going to focus on cooking the spaghetti.
The Organic Edamame Spaghetti from Explore Cuisine was our choice for this roasted red pepper Alfredo! How can you resist a spaghetti that gives you 24 grams of protein per serving and is certified gluten-free?
Next you will warm the sauce in a pan over medium heat and add the grated parmesan and queso blanco cheeses. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and heat until everything is combined. Garnish with a bit more cheese and some fresh herbs and dinner is ready! The high protein of the pasta makes this a fantastic standalone vegetarian meal.
Looking for more gluten-free recipes?
You can check out all our recipes, that use Explore Cuisine pastas! Yummy recipes like: Kid Friendly Pasta Salad, Vegetable Bolognese, Warm Black Bean and Corn Pasta Salad, Spaghetti Stuffed Peppers, Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo and Vegetable Ragu.
If you are not a cheesy lover, you can omit the cheese garnish for the red pepper sauce. If you love cheese and it loves you back, go for it.
I used a crumbly queso blanco for this dish. I love how it crumbles up so you can garnish your cheesy roasted red pepper Alfredo to make it even more cheesy.
Another fabulous fact about the queso blanco in this recipe is that it does not full melt in this recipe. The cheese stays mostly in crumble form and gives the red pepper Alfredo sauce a delicious texture.
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Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo (non traditional)
- In a skillet over medium heat warm the oil and then saute the onions.
- Once onions are soft, place onions, heavy cream and roasted red peppers into the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Return mixture to skillet and slowly add in parmesan and queso blanco. Gently stir to combine.
- In a pot, boil the edamame pasta per the directions on the box. Then drain and combine with the red pepper mixture in the skillet.
- Gently toss the pasta to coat with sauce.
- Plate sauced spaghetti, top with more crumbled queso blanco (if you wish) and with some fresh basil.