Pepporanata – Cooking this is easier than pronouncing it!

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Pasta Recipe: Pepporanata

This is yet another low fat pasta recipe from the book 1001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes. Earlier I had prepared the Curried Pasta and Vegetables from this book. This pasta dish is also very simple to prepare, healthy without heavy sauces and cheese, but at the same time very flavorful also.

Pasta Pepporanata Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
10 Mins25 Mins3-4 Servings
Pepporanata – Cooking this is easier than pronouncing it! A very simple vegetarian pasta recipe using whole grain spaghetti and peppers.
  • 1 And 1/2 Cup Sliced Red Pepper
  • 1 And 1/2 Cup Sliced Green Pepper
  • 1 And 1/2 Cup Sliced Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Cup Sliced Large Onion
  • 8 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (I Used Only 2)
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • To Taste Salt And Pepper
  • 8 Ounces Warm Cooked Spaghetti (I Used Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti)
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional, So I Omitted It)
  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions. I didn’t have a tall saucepan to cook the spaghetti, so I broke it into half. I cooked it for 8 minutes and it had the perfect texture.
  2. Saute peppers, onions and garlic in oil in large skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add water; cook covered, over medium-high heat until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in sugar; cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat until mixture is very soft and browned, about 20 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss with spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese if desired.
My Notes:
  1. I have cooked whole wheat penne pasta (Asparagus and Lemon Pepper Pasta) earlier and it clearly tasted different than it’s white counterpart. It took quite sometime to develop a liking for the whole wheat taste. So I was expecting the same with the spaghetti also, because I have not tasted whole grain spaghetti before. But I was totally surprised because it didn’t taste like anything I expected. It was really good. This pasta is made with 51% whole wheat and other whole grain flours, so you can enjoy the benefits of whole grains without compromising the taste. It’s an excellent source of fiber and protein.
  2. Don’t be tempted to omit the sugar in this pasta recipe because it makes the vegetables and the onions to caramelize and that in turn gives a nice flavor to the dish. If you think that the dish is sweet, you can spice it up at the end by adding black pepper powder.
  3. If you have some left over peppers, try these chili fries. Unlike other fritters which use all purpose flour or chick pea flour for the dipping batter, this recipe uses whole wheat flour. I also added some rice flour to make it crispier.
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  1. Sangeeta

    How much sugar is needed in pasta recipe?

    • Madhuram

      Just a pinch should be enough.

  2. Mary Droogendyk

    Thanks for the recipe will try it today. How much sugar? It’a not in the list of

    • Madhuram

      Oh! Thanks for letting me know. I guess 1/2 a teaspoon should be sufficient.

  3. Hannah

    how many servings is this recipe??

    3-4 servings if I remember right.

  4. Jessica

    LOL, you DO know that you don’t need a “tall” saucepan to cook spaghetti… just because it’s long, doesn’t mean you need a tall saucepan — it softens so that it goes down! hahaha

  5. Sushma

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe Madhuram. I tried it, it turned out very delicious.

    You’re welcome Sushma.

  6. Gayathri

    Hi!! Awesome recipe!! I would like to give it a try. But you seem to be missing how much sugar we should add. Let me know!!

    Gayathri, thanks for bringing it to my attention. You can add about a teaspoon of sugar.

  7. Sunshinemom

    You’re right about the pronouncing part! I would rather just eat 😀

  8. Namratha

    Oops sorry about that, my bad! I had it in my mind the whole time ” whole wheat, whole wheat” 😀 Whole grain it is!! 🙂

  9. Malar Gandhi

    Hai, first time here…you have nice space. All ur recipes sound nteresting to me. Awesome pictures.

  10. Namratha

    A hearty colourful dish Madhu, I haven’t tried whole wheat pasta yet, but you make it sound tasty…I just might give it a try! 🙂

  11. DK

    Hey Madhu,

    Yeah, I meant 1-2 tsp of oil in totality. Guess it was not clear. I edited the info now 🙂 Happy Karthikai Sweetie…Will be preparing mine in few hours and celebrate during evening:)

    Talking of which, just remembered that I have to send u something via mail….will send over..promise not to get scared 😉

  12. Vaishali

    Madhuram, What a delicious and colorful dish. Pasta recipes are always welcome because of the ease and convenience they offer on weeknights. Thanks!

  13. Bharti

    Oh I love this kinda tastes amazing. Did the son eat it? 🙂

    He eats plain cooked pasta without any sauce, vegetables etc. He really liked the whole grain spaghetti very much, he ate quite a lot.

  14. Usha

    I have whole grain spaghetti all the time and I for one do not find it any different from the regular one, so that is the only one I use these days….loved this pasta dish looks so delicious will definitely try this soon !

  15. JZ @ Tasty treats

    it really looks delicious, madhu!! i am craving for some really bad 🙁

    its great you could visit me, madhu! i was busy with family visiting from india and all…now just a bit busy with the holidays, thats all. will be back to active blogging soon!!hopefully, u have noticed that i am hosting an event “Santa’s Holiday Challenge”. I sincerely hope that you’ll send in one or more of ur great desserts!!

  16. sripriya vidhyashankar

    wow.. looks delicious & tempting.. nice click..

  17. Sweatha

    I totally agree with Anudivya.Nice way of incorporating peperonata in a pasta dish.I agree with you.whole grain tastes much better ad normal than whole wheat 😛

  18. anudivya

    I love this dish… whether or not I can pronounce is totally immaterial looking at it. As long as I can get the actual dish into my mouth, I would be happy! 🙂

  19. Laavanya

    Madhuram, that’s so true.. I’ve found that whole wheat spaghetting tastes really good and one really can’t tell that it is any different from the usual white pasta. The dish looks so colorful and delicious.

  20. Happy Cook

    I totally agree with you. It is easy to cook this dish than prouncing it 🙂