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Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

An easy, awesome snack for kids or adults alike!! Very quick and easy to make. If there’s one snack I love under any circumstances, it’s a crispy, steaming-hot slice of pizza!

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

Growing up, my friends and I used to devour pies at our local parlor.

Of course, now that my teenaged metabolism is a thing of the past, I try not to indulge in pizza too often.

And when I do decide to splurge, I usually try to make my favorite snack foods at home, and put a healthy twist on them, like these puffed quinoa treats that are just a little bit healthier than the standard packaged version.

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

If you’re just craving pizza, an easy way to trim a few calories from the recipe is to switch out a handful of the ingredients, and downsize a large-scale slice into a bite-sized treat.

This trifecta of tastiness is as easy as wrapping up a cheese stick with some pepperoni in an egg roll and deep-frying it. You could bake these stuffed Pizza Sticks too, but why would you want to do that? Better to heat up a vat of oil. If that seems like a lot of work, trust me: It’s worth it.

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

Use low-fat mozzarella string cheese, pepperoni, and egg roll wrappers for a crispy fried treat you can make at home, and eat on the go — just like a slice but smaller!

These pizza sticks make a great appetizer to serve to guests or to prepare for a party. This recipe consists of mozzarella cheese sticks and sliced pepperoni wrapped in egg roll wrappers. The prepared pizza sticks are then cooked in a deep-fryer until golden brown. These can be prepared in advance and then frozen and cooked at a later time. You can also increase the ingredients if you want to prepare large batches. These go great dipped in pizza sauce and you can use whatever your favorite brand of pizza sauce is or even make your own.

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!
These pizza sticks are great to serve for the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. Enjoy.

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

Fried Pizza Sticks : Comfort Food Full Of Flavor!

An easy, awesome snack for kids or adults alike!! Very quick and easy to make. If there’s one snack I love under any circumstances, it’s a crispy, steaming-hot slice of pizza!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • 12 pieces string cheese
  • 36 slices pepperoni
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Lay an egg roll wrapper out flat, then lay three pieces of pepperoni down the center on the diagonal.
  • Lay a mozzarella stick on top of the pepperoni.
  • Now, fold the corners of the egg wrapper down over the cheese.
  • Next, fold one of the two larger corners down over the cheese and start rolling until you run out of wrapper.
  • Use a little bit of water to "glue" the edges shut. Repeat these steps for all 12 mozzarella sticks.
  • Next, heat up oil in a deep frying pan, then transfer wrapped mozzarella sticks.
  • Fry wrapped cheese for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  • Serve hot, with marinara sauce for dipping. Enjoy!
Keyword fried pizza sticks

And if this has you craving melty cheese loaded with marinara sauce, make sure you check out the video below for detailed instructions. Don’t forget to SHARE this yummy concoction with friends and family!

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Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

This is a very simple sauce that can easily increase the ratio of a meal. It is delicious on almost everything! Our creamy Keto Alfredo Sauce is very low-carb loaded with garlic, parmesan cheese and just a hint of nutmeg.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

If you like a thicker Low Carb alfredo sauce, you can always add more parmesan cheese, and if you like it thinner, just a splash of cream or unsweetened almond milk while cooking will thin it out.

This recipe makes 2 cups of keto alfredo sauce, or 8 serves. 1 serve is a ¼ cup.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

The Low Carb Alfredo Sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months. Always reheat very slowly as a sharp change in temperature can cause the sauce to curdle.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

2 tablespoons of Butter
2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
2 ounces of Cream Cheese
1 ½ cups of Heavy Cream
½ cup of Parmesan Cheese, shredded
½ teaspoon of White Pepper, ground
¼ teaspoon of Nutmeg, ground
Salt, to taste

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

How to Make Keto Alfredo Sauce

  • Place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the cream cheese, when it has melted, add the heavy cream and bring to a slow simmer. Do not let the sauce boil as it will split.
  • Whisk the cream while slowly adding all the parmesan cheese.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes before adding the pepper and nutmeg.
  • Serve immediately.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Try it over steamed veggies, grilled chicken or shrimp, or broil a piece of fish in a ramekin covered with this easy Alfredo Sauce. Make a large batch and keep on hand to use through the week. It will thicken as it cools. It has been a favorite of hers for a long time and she most often mixes in shredded chicken.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe

This is a very simple sauce that can easily increase the ratio of a meal. It is delicious on almost everything! Our creamy Keto Alfredo Sauce is very low-carb loaded with garlic, parmesan cheese and just a hint of nutmeg.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 8 serves
Calories 229 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg ground
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place a medium sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the cream cheese, when it has melted, add the heavy cream and bring to a slow simmer. Do not let the sauce boil as it will split.
  • Whisk the cream while slowly adding all the parmesan cheese.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes before adding the pepper and nutmeg.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword Keto Alfredo Sauce
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Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but are much easier to serve, bake faster and can be enjoyed right away – no resting time required! Rolled lasagna noodles are filled with a flavorful spinach and ricotta mixture and baked with a quick homemade meat sauce.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

We love comforting pasta dishes like Chicken Tetrazzini, traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs and Mom’s Chicken Alfredo. These are among the most requested meals in our family. Try this Lasagna Roll-Ups recipe and you will make it over and over.

Lasagna Roll-Ups:

We love lasagna in all forms including Skillet Lasagna, make-ahead Slow Cooker Lasagna, and of course Classic Lasagna. These Lasagna Roll-ups are beefy, saucy, cheesy and definitely satisfy the craving for lasagna, but they are way easier to serve. No more messy lasagna squares sliding apart as you struggle to remove them from the pan.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

The Ultimate Cheese Sauce:

We make a 3-cheese sauce with ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Once the sauce is baked, it tastes almost like an alfredo sauce – rich, creamy, and cheesy.

Beefy Lasagna Meat Sauce:

The best meat sauce for lasagna is essentially a ragu – a meat sauce with ground beef, onion, seasonings, and marinara. We don’t skimp on the meat and use a full pound of ground beef which makes this lasagna supremely satisfying. You can use homemade marinara or your favorite store-bought marinara.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Can I Substitute the Ground Beef?
You can swap out the ground beef for Italian sausage or use ground turkey or ground chicken if you want a leaner lasagna.

How to Make Lasagna Rolls:
The process here is simple and you have all the elements of a classic lasagna but they are rolled rather than layered. This results in 12 perfectly portioned servings of lasagna. It’s brilliant for parties! The process for lasagna rolls is simple:

Cook the noodles
Make the meat sauce and spread 1/2 cup in a 9×13 casserole
Make the cheese sauce
Spread cheese sauce and meat sauce on each noodle.
Roll up noodles, transfer to the casserole dish, spread with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella, then cover and bake.

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Tips for Assembling Lasagna Roll-Ups

Cook 2-3 extra noodles as some may break while boiling.
Cook noodles according to package instructions in salted water until al-dente (do not over-cook). We use about 3 Tbsp salt for a large soup pot of water.
Drain cooked noodles then cover them with cold water until ready to use so they don’t stick together.
To contain the mess, arrange the noodles 6 at a time on a rimmed non-stick baking sheet (keeping remaining noodles in cold water until ready to use).

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but are much easier to serve, bake faster and can be enjoyed right away – no resting time required! Rolled lasagna noodles are filled with a flavorful spinach and ricotta mixture and baked with a quick homemade meat sauce.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 42 mins
Total Time 1 hr 12 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 lasagna roll ups
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked to package instructions
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 16 oz ground beef 85% lean
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste for red sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped plus more to garnish
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cook noodles in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions then drain and fill pot with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep noodles from sticking together.
  • In a deep pan or dutch oven, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a spatula (2 min). Add onion and cook until softened (3 minutes). Add garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp oregano and sautee another minute. Add marinara, bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce over the bottom of a casserole dish
  • In a large bowl, stir together: ricotta, 1 egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parsley.
  • To contain messiness, arrange noodles over a large baking sheet in a single layer. Spread 1/4 cup (1 scant ice cream scoop) of cheese mixture over the top of each noodle. Add a heaping Tbsp of meat sauce in a strip down the center of the noodle. Roll noodles up and arrange in the prepared casserole dish.
  • Spread remaining meat sauce over the tops of roll-ups and sprinkle on the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil, making sure foil isn't touching cheese (if your pan is on the shallow side, you can put toothpicks into rolls to keep the foil away from cheese.
  • Bake covered at 375˚F for 40 minutes. Remove foil and broil another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Garnish with parsley to serve.
Keyword lasagna roll ups
easy recipes/ pasta recipes

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

The best homemade cheesy garlic bread you ever tried. With lots of mozzarella and parmesan your bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve alongside pasta, soup or salad as an easy, delicious side dish.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Easy cheesy garlic bread is the best bread you ever tasted.
It has everything soft chewy bread on the inside with sharp garlic and cheese, cheese and more cheese! Eat it as a side dish with a bowl of soup or as a starter. Take a bite in this crispy pull-apart garlic bread that is warm and soft on the inside. You will make it every time. Are you ready to learn how to make homemade cheesy garlic bread? Let’s get started!

This is really the superlative of garlic bread. It is better than any garlic bread you have eaten in a restaurant.
Why? Because it is the perfect mix of a number of individual parts.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread secrets

Let me tell you some simple garlic bread secrets:

  • Fresh bread – garlic bread should be made using fresh bread. This may be obvious but I can’t count the number of times we got old stale bread in a restaurant they tried to revive in the oven.
  • Fresh butter – the same applies to the garlic butter. Get fresh butter and let it go soft outside of the fridge.
  • Crushed garlic – when using garlic do not mince it with a knife but crush the garlic with a pestle and mortar. This will release some oil but also takes away the sharpness of the garlic.
  • Cheese mix – use a mix of cheese like mozzarella and parmesan that work together perfectly. The Mozzarella will go soft and bubbly with the parmesan adds some salty taste.
  • Bake and broil – you not only bake the bread in the oven but you also put the bread under the broiler

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread ingredients

To make this cheesy garlic bread you need just a couple of ingredients:

  • Crusty white bread.
  • Shredded hard mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

How to make homemade garlic bread with cheese

Start this recipe with the garlic butter. Let the butter go soft and crush the garlic in a pestle and mortar. Then mince the fresh parsley.

Then add the garlic and finely chopped parsley to the butter. Stir the garlic and parsley until you have a well-combined butter.

Cut the loaf of bread in half, length way and spread the garlic butter on the inside of the bread. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.

Put the halved bread on a baking tray buttered side up. Bake the bread in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Take the bread out of the oven.

Turn the oven to broil. Then first sprinkle the parmesan on the bread. Then cover all of the bread with the hard mozzarella including the edges.

Return the baking tray under the broiler for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and has brown patches.

Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh parsley on top and serve straight away.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

See how to make cheesy garlic bread

Want to see how you can make this cheesy garlic bread? Take a look at the instruction video with step by step instructions of this recipe so you can follow along.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

It is really easy to make from scratch.

I hope you love this bread recipe as much as I do. Try this cheesy garlic bread.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Easy Cheesy garlic bread

The best homemade cheesy garlic bread you ever tried. With lots of mozzarella and parmesan your bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve alongside pasta, soup or salad as an easy, delicious side dish.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 192 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 fresh loaf of white bread
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded hard mozzarella
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Combine the soft butter with crushed (pestle and mortar) garlic and parsley. Stir until a well-combined butter appears
  • Cut bread in half lengthways and spread the butter on the inside of the bread
  • Preheat oven at 350℉/175℃ and bake the bread in the oven for 15 minutes
  • Take the bread out of the oven and turn the oven to broil
  • First, sprinkle the grated parmesan on the bread. Then cover the bread with the hard shredded mozzarella including the edges
  • Put the bread under the broiler for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and has brown patches Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh parsley on top
  • Ready to serve
Keyword cheesy garlic bread, garlic bread
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Tasty Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

This Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce is one of my all-time favorite easy gnocchi recipes. Easy skillet gnocchi in garlicky, cheesy and creamy sauce. This recipe takes only 15 mins to make and perfect for weeknight dinner!

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

GNOCCHI PARMESAN GARLIC SAUCE

It was one of those nights. I got home from work late. I hadn’t been to the butcher so we didn’t have any meat. I was at a loss for dinner.

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

The natives were getting restless. I found myself standing in front of the pantry staring blankly into the abyss. Nothing in there inspired me. Maybe there was something in the fridge.

WHAT IS GNOCCHI?

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Gnocchi is an Italian version of soft-dough dumplings made from potatoes, wheat flour or semolina. They are considered pasta, small and usually rolled over the tines of a dinner fork for the iconic shape. Gnocchi is mostly served with a sauce or pesto, such as garlic pesto.

I found a package of pre-made gnocchi. Hmmm…that had possibilities. I found some leftover heavy cream and the last bit of broccoli in the produce drawer. OK. I can see this coming together. Ohh! A hunk of parmesan cheese. I think I’ve got something here.

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

 

This was a perfect mid-week, meatless meal. And, the whole thing came together in just 15 minutes. You can’t beat that after a long day at work.

I’ll bet this sauce would be great over ravioli too. I’ll have to try that next time. Actually, it would probably be great over any kind of pasta. And, you could even add chicken or shrimp if you wanted to add some protein.

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

The doughy little potato dumplings are coated in a savory and creamy garlic Parmesan sauce, infused with the aroma of sage. The gnocchi has a wonderfully soft and tender center, it’s delightful to the taste bud.

Tasty Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

This Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce is one of my all-time favorite easy gnocchi recipe. Easy skillet gnocchi in garlicky, cheesy and creamy sauce. This recipe takes only 15 mins to make and perfect for weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 489 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound gnocchi - cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 oz heavy cream - whole milk works too
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups broccoli florets - steamed
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced

Instructions
 

  • Prepare gnocchi according to package directions.
  • Steam the broccoli in the same pot as the gnocchi, while it's cooking.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saute pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for one minute, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in flour for one minute.
  • Add cream and whisk until combined.
  • Let the sauce thicken over medium-low heat, whisking periodically for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Once sauce is thickened, add Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  • Add the cooked gnocchi and broccoli and stir until combined.
  • Top with extra grated Parmesan.
Keyword broccoli, easy recipe, gnocchi, gnocchi parmesan garlic sauce
pasta recipes

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

This Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni is an easy-to-make, flavorful pasta dish that is going to knock your socks off! It is super easy to make, cooked al dente and drenched in creamy roasted red pepper sauce, added basil and spices. This dish creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth in the most satisfying way!

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

Light, on the healthy side of things, and the perfect comfort dish to get you through these never-ending cool months. Sure to be a repeat on your table tonight!

ROASTED RED PEPPER RIGATONI

This pasta is not for those afraid of a good calorie or two and one that should be an indulgence you take seriously because this dish is seriously good. With rigatoni swimming in a creamy roasted red pepper sauce and melted cheesy goodness baked in, you’re going to think twice about putting your spoon down and pushing your plate away. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

A huge YUMMY for this dish, I am telling you. This recipe takes about 25-30 minutes from start to finish. It’s quick and easy making it a perfect dinner recipe for your family. Roasted red peppers add sweetness and a bold flavor to this dish. You can either buy store bought roasted red pepper which I used, or broil or roast yours at home.

Easy recipes during these busy holiday months? Even better! Especially when the dish is made with minimal ingredients and done so effortlessly. You can serve this as is, or with added protein for a complete meal.

TIPS

When choosing pasta, choose one that is going to hold on to the creamy sauce – like you see pictured below with the rigatoni. Look at all the ridges and the centers holding the sauce. Think of this sauce like you would a Baked Macaroni and Cheese. You want it to fill the ridges or crevices. If you don’t have rigatoni, you can use bowtie, penne, elbow, ziti, or macaroni.

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

I recommend carefully pouring the sauce into a food processor or blender to fully puree the ingredients. You don’t want to be left with any chunks! I have a Hamilton Beach Food Processor and it works like a dream for me.

Cream cheese will melt quicker and easier if it is first softened to room temperature and then sliced into small cubes prior to being added to the pan. Forget to take it out of the fridge in time? No problem! Simply place it close to (but a safe distance from) the burner when your pot of water is coming to a boil. I generally place it on the stove (I have a glass top) and it warms enough to soften it.

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni

This Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni is an easy-to-make, flavorful pasta dish that is going to knock your socks off! This dish creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth in the most satisfying way!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 627 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 3 shallots (thinly sliced (or 1/2 medium yellow onion))
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (approximately 3-4 cloves)
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or sub with milk of choice or heavy cream)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz jar of roasted red peppers in water, (drained and rinsed)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened to room temp and cubed)
  • Garnishment:
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh or dried basil

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, cook pasta according to the instructions on the package (each pasta varies). Drain well and return to pot.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. One melted, add the sliced shallots and cook until translucent; 2-3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Pour in half-and-half and stir to loosen any onions or garlic. Add the parmesan cheese and cream cheese. Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes, or until cream cheese has melted. Add the roasted red peppers to warm.
  • Safely pour the sauce into a food processor (or safe dish to use an immersion blender) or blender and puree until creamy. Taste test sauce and season with salt and pepper, if desired and to taste. Pour the sauce over the pasta and gently toss to coat.
  • Serve garnished with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

I recommend carefully pouring the sauce into a food processor or blender to fully puree the ingredients. You don't want to be left with any chunks! I have a Hamilton Beach Food Processor and it works like a dream for me. I received one as a wedding gift 8 years ago and the only reason I ended up with a new one was because I had accidentally dropped and cracked the bowl!
Cream cheese will melt quicker and easier if it is first softened to room temperature and then sliced into small cubes prior to being added to the pan. Forget to take it out of the fridge in time? No problem! Simply place it close to (but a safe distance from) the burner when your pot of water is coming to a boil. I generally place it on the stove (I have a glass top) and it warms enough to soften it.
Keyword Easy, Roasted Red Pepper, pasta