Stuffed peppers are common but with Farfalle Pasta & Vegetables, its a totally new dish on the block.
My dinner reveries are sometimes made of Stuffed Peppers. I usually dream of filling them with so many combinations of veggies, chicken, rice, any leftovers and like I just did with cheesy pasta. Peppers can actually be baked to make fancy platters in the oven in a jiffy and hassle-free.
What are Peppers?
“Green peppers” that we know are essentially Bell Peppers and they are not very peppery to taste. The abundantly available green are the most common with the red, orange and yellow trying to catch up in the race? Did you know that Capsicum or peppers are actually a fruit and are known as sweet peppers as they do not produce capsaicin, which causes spiciness?
How to pick a good Pepper?
Firstly you need to decide what you’re planning to cook with the Bell Pepper; eat it raw in a salad or cooking it? Flip the pepper and on the underside, you will find the Bell Pepper has three or four points. It is said that the pepper with three bumps is a male while the one with four is female.
The female variety is sweeter than the male and is more suitable for raw recipes but has more seeds. The male pepper has fewer seeds but is slightly bitter in flavour and makes for a better pepper to cook with.
Best Use Of Leftovers
The recipe for Stuffed peppers must have risen from the need to use surplus leftovers. If you have cooked rice or any veggies you can stuff the peppers and top with some cheese and shove it in the oven. Likewise with leftover chicken mixed with salsa or any sauce of your choice.
My Stuffed Peppers
Incidentally, I didn’t have any leftovers and I saw the pasta and vegetables imploring me in the fridge and then I picked them up to use them. There was one red and one yellow pepper. In the end, I stuffed the red pepper with creamy, cheesy pasta infused with flavourful herbs. Just by sautéing the onion, potatoes, cabbage with corn and peas, I had a new stuffing for the yellow pepper. Let your imagination roll and stuff peppers with anything you like.
I was looking for macaroni but didn’t have any in the pantry and so bow tie pasta or, farfalle (the Italian word for butterfly) it was. I am lactose intolerant but was in the mood for a sinful, smooth, silky white aromatic sauce which is ready in minutes.