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Linguine with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Linguine with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

For an even spicier version of this dish, add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Yield: 4 servings


Main ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons crushed walnuts
  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 large red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 4 large scallions, sliced


  • 2 cups reduced-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced


1. Preheat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.

2. Place the broth, vinegar, honey, cayenne pepper, and salt, if desired, in a small bowl, and stir to mix. Set aside.

3. Bring a 4-quart pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to package directions.

4. While the water is heating up, coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add the oil, and preheat over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, or until soft but not brown.

5. Increase the heat to high, and add the red bell peppers and half of the broth mixture to the skillet. Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the scallions and the remaining broth mixture, and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the peppers are just soft.

6. Drain the pasta, and add it to the skillet along with the toasted walnuts. Toss to mix well.

7. Spoon the pasta into individual serving dishes, and serve immediately.

© 2003 Square One Publishers

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Calories: 563 Carbohydrates: 104.5 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fat: 7 g Fiber: 11 g Protein: 20.5 g Sodium: 96 mg


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