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Roasted Red Peppers

Last week, I finished up this fajita recipe, and I still had an abundance of bell peppers in the fridge. I debated what to do with them – Toss them into salad? Sauté them for my breakfast tacos? – but in the end, I settled on making roasted red peppers to have on hand for summer sauces, pizzas, pastas, and more.

If you’ve never made roasted red peppers, it’s super easy, and when they’re finished, the peppers have a lightly sweet, charred flavor that’s a delicious addition to all sorts of recipes. They keep for several weeks in the fridge, so make a big batch to blend in to your next dressing, top onto a sandwich, or serve as a simple appetizer with summer herbs, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

How to roast red peppers

How to Roast Red Peppers

There are a few ways to make roasted red peppers at home. My preferred method for roasting is over a gas burner. I’ll either use a grill pan or char them directly over the gas flame. Of course, you can also roast the peppers in the oven. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Char the peppers whole over a gas burner, on a grill pan, or under a broiler until the skin is blackened all over.

2. Then, take them off the heat and place them in bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and allow the peppers to steam and soften for 10 minutes.

3. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel and remove the loose skin. I like to leave just a bit of the blackened skin for a nice charred flavor.

4. Finally, slice off the stem and remove the membranes and seeds. At this point, you can leave the peppers whole or slice them into strips, depending on how you plan to use them.

And that’s it! Roasted red pepper success.

How to Store Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted red peppers are ready to use as soon as you’ve peeled off the skins and removed their seeds. If you’re roasting one as part of a larger recipe, you can proceed with it right away.

If you’re preparing a larger batch to keep on hand, allow them to cool completely before transferring them to the fridge. To keep them fresh, store the peppers in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and pour olive oil over the peppers to cover. Be sure to keep them submerged in the oil for maximum freshness! Stored this way, they should last for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

Alternatively, freeze your roasted red peppers for longer storage. Spread them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze individually before transferring them to an airtight, freezer-safe container.

What to Do With Roasted Red Peppers

Once you’ve roasted your peppers, you have endless options for using them. Here are just a few ideas:

What do you like to do with roasted red peppers? Let me know in the comments!

If you love these roasted red peppers…

Try roasted cauliflower, roasted beets, or roasted asparagus next!

Roasted Red Peppers

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: Condiment

  • Red bell peppers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  1. Char the peppers over a gas burner or under a broiler until the skin is blackened all over.
  2. Remove them from the heat, place in a bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap for 10 minutes.
  3. Uncover and use your hands to peel and remove the loose skin.
  4. Slice off the stem, and remove the seeds; use the pepper whole or slice it into strips. Season to taste with sea salt.
  5. To store the peppers, transfer them to a jar, cover them with olive oil, and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.



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“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.


Serves 6


2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
fresh, torn basil


In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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