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 thoughts on “Penne with Creamy and Hot Pasta Sauce

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :-)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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..

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

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