Penne with Creamy and Hot Pasta Sauce

This is a very quick and satisfying lunch or dinner. Sunflower seeds add creaminess, chipotle pepper sauce and nutritional yeast add a lot of flavour. You can serve it both hot and cold. Made with less water, this can also be used as a delicious spread for sandwiches (similar to these spreads).

Penne with Creamy and Hot Pasta Sauce (makes four small servings)

35 g (4 T) sunflower seeds
3 T water
1 red bell pepper, roasted*
1 yellow bell pepper, roasted*
1/2 t salt (or more to taste)
10 g (2 T) nutritional yeast
1 t chipotle pepper sauce (e. g. Tabasco brand)
1/2 t grated garlic
1 t oregano
1 t Hungarian paprika
pepper to taste

225 g (8 oz.)  whole wheat pasta such as penne

*preheat oven to 200°C /400°F, cut pepper into halves, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, roast until skin turns black, transfer to a bowl and cover with a plate until cool. Peel off skin.

Place sunflower seeds in a small bowl. Cover with water and soak for one hour. Transfer seeds and water to your food processor or handheld blender and pulse until creamy. Add roasted peppers and pulse again until creamy. Add remaining ingredients. Pulse until well blended. Set aside.

Cook pasta acording to package directions and drain. Mix with pasta sauce and serve immediately or let cool and serve cold with some green salad on the side.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

35 Comments

  • 8 years ago

    This sounds (and looks) SO fantastic!

    I’m a big fan of adding nuts to sauces, but I’ve never tried one with sunflower seeds before… very cool idea!

  • 8 years ago

    This sauce looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks, Mihl, for the awesome recipe.

  • 8 years ago

    This is so up my alley! Creamy and hot sounds perfect.

  • 8 years ago

    I’m always looking for new pasta sauce recipes and my mouth was literally watering when I read this one! I, like Diann, always have sunflower seeds in the kitchen… Thank you! I’ll be trying it soon!

  • 8 years ago

    I love the idea of using sunflower seeds! They are much cheaper than almonds and always have some on hand.

  • 8 years ago

    Mihl, that pasta sauce looks creamy indeed. Love the use of sunflower seeds. Perfect.

  • 8 years ago

    Wow, I’m totally craving a big, heaping bowlful of this, right now! Sounds perfect for this gloomy, rainy day.

  • 8 years ago

    Oh man, it sounds so easy & delicious!

  • 8 years ago

    almost like penne a la vodka! (minus the vodka)

  • tofuparty
    8 years ago

    mmm, originial idea of using the sunflower seeds.

    And a funny thing: all your older posts appeared again in my reader. I only noticed after commenting on two posts. I was only thinking: wow, she’s been busy :-)

    • 8 years ago

      Yeah, I was messing up the feed. I am sorry about this.

  • 8 years ago

    yum that sounds delicious. I love the idea of using sunflower seeds.

  • 8 years ago

    Mmmm I’m loving the look of this!

  • 8 years ago

    I love all the peppers: red, yellow, chipotle–you can’t go wrong with chipotles!

  • 8 years ago

    What a super quick and tasty meal for summertime! Sunflower seeds are so healthy and this is a great way to eat them. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Gorgeous photos.

  • 8 years ago

    This looks absolutely amazing and ever so simple! I can’t wait to try it out. Using cashews or almonds with sauces is great, but sometimes I just want to mix it up.

  • 8 years ago

    oh wow and tomato-free! my histamine intolerant mate will love this!

  • 8 years ago

    Oooh yummy yummikins!

  • 8 years ago

    Yum! I love these partially raw/partially cooked meals! And chipotle and nooch are my two favorite flavors!

  • 8 years ago

    Roasted pepper pasta sauce, I love it! Then adding the seeds for creaminess, what a great sauce.

  • fortheloveofguava
    8 years ago

    ooh a non-baking recipe I could actually attempt at my amateur skill level!!! :) Heehee… looks nummers… I was just toying with the idea of pasta..

  • 8 years ago

    Ooh, that looks really good, and I have everything except the pasta! :D

  • 8 years ago

    YUM! This looks bright and fresh and oh so tasty. I love this recipe and I will definitely give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • 8 years ago

    Yum– that would so hit the spot.

  • 8 years ago

    This sounds really good and it is really innovative using sunflower seeds for your base. I usually make something like this with cashews but I feel guilty after eating it.

    • 8 years ago

      Sunflower seeds are every easy to get here and they are often used in sandwich spreads. I like them a lot and they have a decent amount of vitamin E. That’s why I like to use them. Plus I love the flavour.

  • 8 years ago

    Sounds tasty! I love anything made with roasted peppers. I’d like to try this as a sandwich spread like you suggested.

  • 8 years ago

    Oh my, that looks amazing! I love the combo of ingredients.

  • 8 years ago

    This looks just wonderful. Anything with chipotle, sunflower seeds and roasted pepper would have to taste great.

    • 8 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • 8 years ago

    This sounds really good!

  • 8 years ago

    Ooh, love hungarian paprika! This looks great.

  • 8 years ago

    Another great blog found with twitter! I’m adding you to follow your delicious recipes :D

    • 8 years ago

      Thank you! I added you to my blogroll.

  • 8 years ago

    Mmm, comfort!

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