Maccheroni ai Peperoni {Macaroni with Bell Peppers}


Peperoni in Italian isn’t what we refer to as “pepperoni”. Instead it means bell peppers. Beautiful vibrant colorful bell peppers. I much prefer the bold and beautiful red, yellow, orange bell peppers. Now if they were just as inexpensive as the green ones I’d be a happy camper ; )

This is another pasta dish that you can put together in the time it takes to cook your pasta. You’ll just quickly flavor your olive oil with a garlic clove. It’s amazing how much extra flavor that one little step gives. Then you’ll simply saute the bell pepper strips. Be sure to NOT overcook the bell peppers. You want them softened but so they still have a little bite to them. Giving the dish a nice textural contrast and mouth feel.

Maccheroni in Italian refers to any short tubular pasta so feel free to use what you have on hand. I used Ziti this go round. As you know I’m a firm believer in using what you have on hand. Pasta is one of my STAPLES in my pantry and I always have a nice selection of short and long pastas to choose from. I always stock up when my grocer has them on sale ; )


I really love the bright happy vibrant colors the bell peppers give to this dish. It’s definitely a happy bowl ; ) And it’s not just pretty face, it’s as flavorful as it is beautiful. I’m thinking it’s also pretty healthy as far as pasta goes too {or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it}


Maccheroni ai Peperoni {Macaroni with Bell Peppers}
What you’ll need:
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic – crushed
3 bell peppers – seeded and cut into thin strips
1 pound short tubular pasta {ziti, penne, etc.}
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

What to do:
1. Place a large pot of water onto boil. Season generously with salt. When boiling add pasta, cook until al dente. Drain.

2. Into a deep sided saute pan, add olive oil and garlic and heat over medium-low heat allowing the garlic to permeate the oil. Once the garlic has browned, remove it and discard.

3. Add bell pepper strips to oil, season with salt and pepper. Cook until bell peppers are softened. Stirring as necessary. Add cooked pasta to saute pan. Toss to combine. Garnish with thyme.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Sometimes simple pasta dishes are the tastiest! Looks great, Paula!

  2. 2

    I should’ve eaten lunch before looking. Now I gotta have pasta. At least it’s a healthy, light version right?

  3. 3

    This looks perfect…I love the strips of peppers with this cut of pasta!

  4. 4

    This is a great way to honor and bring in SPRING!!!

  5. 5

    Simple pasta dishes are the best – yours looks great! I don’t love green peppers, but red, yellow and orange are delicious and oh so gorgeous 🙂

  6. 6

    Your pics are always so drool-worthy!

  7. 7

    this is one of my favorite go-to dishes. I’m with you–I wish the yellow and red peppers were as cheap as the green. I love them all!

    And there’s just two of us, but I have about 20 boxes of various pasta stocked up from sales. 😀

  8. 8

    Love how delicious yet simple pasta recipe is this to share. I had a similar pasta for lunch today 🙂

  9. 9

    Mmmm we love bell peppers! Just wish the red ones were slightly cheaper 🙂

  10. 10

    Yes PLEASE!! I love the simplicity!

  11. 11

    I love the orange colored bell peppers the best, they have a nice mild flavor and are so pretty in pasta. Love this simple dish, it’s a perfect weekday meal.

  12. 12

    Simple and delicious. This is a wonderful pasta dish.

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  13. 13

    Simple and delicious. This is a wonderful pasta dish.

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  14. 14

    This recipe looks delicious. Cannot wait to try it.

  15. 15

    Looks real delicious. I’m gonna try this this one later. Thanks Paula!

  16. 16

    I love this simple dish! Yum.

  17. 17

    looks simple and easy! Never would have thought to serve pasta like this. Can’t wait to try!

  18. 18

    I love this simple, fresh recipe! Thanks!


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