This roasted vegetable pasta is hearty, earth, and sweet with pistachios. It can easily be doubled to feed a crowd on a warm day. Serve with a bottle of wine and a crusty bread.
By Mariela Alvarez Toro
Though this recipe feeds two, it can be easily doubled, or tripled to serve a crowd on a warm spring or summer day accompanied by a good bottle of wine and a nice piece of bread.
- 1 cup dried pasta of choice (I used GF, quinoa penne pasta)
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 cups of water, enough to fully submerge the pasta
- 1 whole red bell pepper
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, or one tomato sliced into eighths
- ½ tsp. cumin powder
- Pinch of salt
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tsp. cumin powder
- 1 bunch cilantro
- ¼ cup pistachios
- This recipe requires you to fire roast a red bell pepper and several tomatoes. You can either do this on a grill, on a real fire, or in an oven. For either technique independently wrap the pepper and the tomatoes. If cooking atop an open fire, or the grill, roast over high heat for at least 30 minutes, turning every ten minutes or so. The peppers skin should be charred and the flesh soft. The tomatoes should be fully cooked and soft after 30 minutes as well. If roasting in an oven, set temperature to 450 degrees, Fahrenheit, and roast for 30 minutes.
- Once the pepper is ready, remove from the fire, peel outer skin, remove stem and seeds, then thinly slice. Remove tomatoes from the grill.
- Meanwhile, bring water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt, olive oil and pasta. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until pasta pasta is cooked al dente.
- Drain, reserving about ½ cup of pasta water. Set aside.
- Place pasta back over a medium-low heat burner. Incorporate sliced pepper and tomatoes into the pasta. Stir in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cumin. Stir until everything is well incorporated, adding pasta water little by little, to help moisten it, especially if it is looking dry.
- When ready to serve, add a handful of chopped cilantro and pistachios. Serve immediately and eat hot.
Recently graduated with from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has recently completed "People in Food-Space", an ethnographic study on the cultural production of taste in space. She has also examined post-soviet food production systems and housing projects in Havana, Cuba. Originally from Puerto Rico, Mariela has been living in the United States for eight years. She has involved herself in both teaching and practice, while writing on food at tastyplan.com. Her goal as a food writer is to cook creatively, using the best ingredients to find new flavor combinations every day.