This recipe is from Diane Dyer, MS, RD and Cancer survivor. Diane Dyer has battled cancer since childhood, surviving neuroblastoma and then 2 breast cancers in her adult life. As a cancer survivor and dietition, she is dedicated to eating a cancer prevention diet, which she states is based on the latest scientific information (see her website at http://www.cancerrd.com/).
Always looking for healthy disease fighting foods I was inspired by her website and decided to try one of her recipes. Her red pepper pesto sauce sounded like a light fresh vegetarian meal, which contains lycopene, phytochemicals and antioxidants.
I thought it would be excellent over spaghetti squash or angel hair pasta, but I could not find either of these, so I went with whole wheat penne.
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
1 roasted red sweet pepper, peeled and seeded or 1 cup jarred roasted red peppers
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, about 40g
10 black olives
2 large cloves garlic
1 T parmesan cheese
1 T pine nuts
4 roma tomatoes
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
If roasting your own pepper, place under broiler and rotate every 3-4 mins until charred with skin blistered.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Heat over med high heat and serve over pasta (angel hair or penne), spaghetti squash.