Linguine with Red Pepper Sauce

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Bell peppers are the best source of vitamin C. Served as a sauce is a great way to get servings of vegetables, vitamin C, and fiber. Serve of ver whole-wheat linguini for a heart-healthy alternative.

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6 Serving

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 ounces uncooked linguine
Fresh basil sprigs (optional)

Method

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add red bell pepper and garlic; cook, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside, and cool slightly.

Place pepper mixture in a blender; add chopped basil and next 3 ingredients. Process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

To serve, top pasta with pepper sauce. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

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