More About Creamy Vegan Red Pepper Pasta With Garlic Bread Breadcrumbs

Active Time

35 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes


4 Servings
6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
⅔ cup breadcrumbs (fresh, dried, or panko)
4 garlic cloves, finely grated, divided
1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more
½ cup coarsely chopped parsley
1 lb. ziti, rigatoni, cavatelli, or other medium tube pasta
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 whole roasted red peppers from a jar (about one 16-oz. jar), finely chopped
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 (15-oz.) can white beans (such as navy or cannellini), rinsed
2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges (for serving; optional)
Step 1
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high. Add breadcrumbs, half of the garlic, and ½ tsp. salt and cook, stirring constantly to incorporate the garlic, until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in parsley. Wipe out and reserve pot.

Step 2
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, according to package directions. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid.

Step 3
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in reserved pot over medium-high. Cook onion, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until slightly softened, 6–8 minutes. Add roasted red peppers, remaining garlic, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring often, until any liquid is evaporated, and vegetables are combined and glossy looking, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are coated, and paste is slightly darkened in color, about 5 minutes.

Step 4
Add beans, lemon zest, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes to pot, season with black pepper. Cook, smashing beans and stirring to combine with spoon, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and gradually add reserved pasta cooking liquid (you might not need all of it), stirring and mashing as you go, until combined and sauce is thick. Remove from heat and immediately add pasta; toss to coat.

Step 5
Divide pasta among bowls, drizzle with a little oil and spoon breadcrumbs on top. Squeeze some lemon juice over if desired.

Date & Time

January 12, 2025

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