This spicy Alfredo sauce recipe is perfect for one pot pasta and comes together in just 30 minutes. Made with a creamy red pepper base, and finished off with herbs, so it's great for weeknight dinners!
Bkend red bell peppers, tomatoes, onion and habanero peppers with water in a blender (puree like consistency). Sometimes, for convenience, I like to add my broth here while blending - this helps with blenders that are not super high-powered and makes sure there's enough liquid.
Heat a pot or Dutch oven with vegetable oil and saute onions for about 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
Add the pepper base (and broth if you haven't already) as well as minced garlic to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat until the sauce starts to boil
Now, add the pasta to this pot and stir every 30 seconds until the pasta is fully submerged in the liquid (about 2 to 3 minutes). Then, close the lid, turn the heat to medium, and cook for about 8-9 minutes (total cook time so far should be about a minute or two under package directions)
Add the cream to the pot, give it a good stir along with any seasoning (salt, pepper, etc. that you'd like) and cook uncovered for another 1-2 minutes (the total cook time should be roughly the package time). Finally, turn off the heat, add Parmesan and give it a good mix.
You can garnish with fresh basil, scallions and more Parmesan and serve hot (all optional!)
For detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures, please refer to full post!
Vegan substitutions: Substitute heavy cream with coconut cream or blend equal parts nutritional yeast, almond milk and a handful of soaked cashews
Vegetables: You can add vegetables when you add the red pepper base and broth so it can cook through. Note that some vegetables (like mushroom) can increase water content in the recipe (doesn't impact overall quality of dish, but you might end up with a bit more sauce than outlined in this recipe - great for scooping with bread!)
For additional charred flavor: roast red peppers, tomatoes and onions in oven at 375F for 20 minutes before blending!