This creamy homemade brie and red pepper pesto is a luxurious twist on a classic. With a thick, creamy and melty texture, it makes for a hearty vegetarian dinner. This can be ready in 15 minutes if you use roasted red peppers from a jar.
Those first few post-pregnancy food shops were pretty great, in that they could now involve BRIE again!
So in those early days with a newborn, a high proportion of dinners I put together involved it in some form. This was not the healthiest of situations, but felt necessary. Spending all day looking after a newborn, it was hard to get a decent lunch. Mr. Veggie was working hard and rarely got a break to eat a decent lunch either. So come dinner time, we were staaaaarving. I would pile our plates with all the carbs and all the fats.
On this particular occasion I made a roasted red pepper pesto and just stuffed some brie into the food processor to see what might happen. Total success – the brie makes the pesto sauce super creamy and melty when warmed up. I’ve made it countless times since, especially when we are having people over for dinner, because it’s not too demanding but is a little bit different.
If using jarred red peppers, this can come together in 15 minutes – the pesto can be made while the pasta cooks. Easy peasy!
If you love adding brie to stuff (and come on, who doesn’t?) you should also check out this one pot mac and cheese.
Brie Red Pepper Pesto Pasta
- 18 oz (500 g) dried spaghetti or linguine
- 1 cup (125 g) walnut halves, use a little less if they are chopped walnuts and you're measuring by cup
- 3 cloves of garlic
- A few handfuls of fresh basil
- 3 red peppers, or a mix of red and yellow / orange (or use 3 jarred, to save time)
- 5 sundried tomatoes, or a few tablespoons of sundried tomato puree
- 4 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 4.4 oz (125 g) mild brie
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2.6 oz (75 g) grated parmesan cheese – or a hard Italian cheese made with vegetarian rennet, more for topping, if desired
- First you will roast your peppers, if you are not using jarred. Slice each pepper into thick rings, and place on a baking tray tossed in oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes at 450F / 230C.
- Boil spaghetti according to package instructions.
- While the spaghetti is cooking, place all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor and pulse until creamy but textured.
- Drain your spaghetti and stir in the pesto for a few minutes until it starts to get melty.
hi! I tried to make this last night with disastrous results. It was awful! I know i used too much garlic, so I’ll scale that back next time. But I’m wondering about the brie cheese. There were so many types of brie cheese, I just picked one that looked really soft and used that but I did notice, even though it was new and fresh, that it smelled a little funky. I just figured it was cheese so I used it anyway. Just wondering if there is a special kind of brie? Maybe I’ll make this again with a goat cheese or something. Any tips? thank you!
Andrea, I am SO sorry this didn’t work for you. Let’s see what we can figure out.
1) Did you use 3 cloves of garlic or more? Were they big cloves? Maybe I need to suggest a range of garlic amounts, or 3 medium cloves, or something.
2) The brie sounds like the culprit because the one I get does not have a strong smell. I buy a cheapo store brand brie and I think it’s very mild. In hindsight, you are correct that there is a big variety. Some are more pungent, especially if they are expensive.
Goats cheese would probably work beautifully here but if you wanted to try again, definitely try a mild brie. I am going to update the recipe to specify mild brie.
I am really grateful for your feedback and I hope you managed to salvage your dinner in some way!
I love that your commitment to brie is so strong that you’ll just throw it in to the food processor with some pesto just to see what will happen! The results are delicious, and I can’t wait to have this back in my repertoire post baby as well.
Brie is life and this is such a creative way for me to enjoy more of it. Absolutely delicious!