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Garlic Penne with Grilled Pepper

Recipe details

Servings: 6
Time: Under 30 minutes


  • 1 lb (500 g) penne
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Grilled bell peppers, cut in strips
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh basil
  • 4 tbsp (50 mL) pitted black olives, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
  • Choice of chopped fresh herbs

Grilled Peppers:

  • 2 red bell peppers, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, trimmed and cut in half


  1. Cook penne according to cooking instructions on package, until al dente. Drain and return to saucepan.
  2. In skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute while stirring. Stir in grilled pepper strips as desired, then basil and olives. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes while stirring. Stir in reserved pasta and drizzle with oil as needed.
  3. Top with grilled pepper strips and Canadian Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Garnish with choice of fresh herbs.

Grilled Peppers:

  1. On barbecue, grill peppers turning and checking frequently until skin is charred.
  2. Or, with a traditional oven, place peppers open face down, on baking sheet. Grill under oven broiler, placing baking sheet on lowest grill.
  3. Remove from heat and place in paper bag. Close bag tightly and let stand for 15 minutes. Peel off pepper halves under cold running water. Cut in thin strips. Pat dry. Use in a sauce, serve with vinaigrette or marinate in olive oil with choice of fresh herbs.


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Garlic Penne with Grilled Pepper

Recipe courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada

Nutrition Information

per serving
  • Calories 262
  • Protein 7 g
  • Carbohydrates 34 g
  • Calcium 81 mg
  • Fat 11 g
  • Fibre 2.2 g
  • Sodium 91 mg