Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Pepper Pasta

Two Pepper Pasta

Tonight I have for you a comfort style dish - I love macaroni and cheese type dishes.  I'm always on the lookout for a new one to try.  There are so many ingredients to experiment with.  While this is not exactly my own creation (I tweaked it a bit), I was excited to make it because it has pickled jalapeno peppers and Peter Piper picked a peck of them (say that 3 times fast!).  Those added quite a zing and brought it to a whole new level.  The original recipe called for regular bread crumbs but I substituted panko - they are so crispy and light.

The DIY Guy really enjoyed this dish too - I think I saw him go back for thirds!  I don't think I would change a thing from my version - if you wanted some protein, add some cooked chicken.

Two Pepper Pasta

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 16 oz penne pasta (or rigatoni)
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 large red pepper chopped
  • 3 T flour
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 T minced pickled jalapeno pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
1. Preheat your oven to 375.
2. Cook the pasta and drain well
3. In a large saucepan, melt 1T butter over medium heat. Add the red pepper and sauté for 5 minutes then add to the pasta
4. To make sauce: melt 1T butter then add flour to combine. Stir milk in gradually whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat then add the cheeses – mix until smooth. Stir in jalapeno, green onions and S&P
5. Spray a 9x13 pan then add mixture.
6. Melt 1 T butter and mix with the panko crumbs and place on top. Bake for 20 minutes – if you would like the crumbs darker, place under broiler for a bit.
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Two Pepper Pasta

Two Pepper Pasta

 I hope you like my dish and give it a try!


  1. Beautiful photos! My oldest son loves jalapenos :) He is going through a spicy phase, so I should try this!

  2. Another great pasta recipe from you, Deb! I love it! Pinned.

  3. LOVE the new look!!! Very fun and fresh... great job!!!

  4. This sounds delish! Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. Tomorrow we are featuring chicken dishes.
    Hope to see you there.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa


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