Foodie Feature: Mike's Bowtie Pasta + Peppers

Mike made another yummy dinner last night and we were much too tired to write it out and post it so we saved it to tonight (where we just spruced up a pizza with herbs and such... but we'll share that another time!). He's really been getting into the cooking things lately and I'm glad. He seems to really really love cooking. And I'm so proud of him for cooking such yum stuff! I wish you all could come over and eat with us to experience it! [If you're in/around middle Tennessee, let a girl know! We'll invite you over sometime!] Anywhoo, as per usual with the Foodie Features, the mic is all Mike's from here on out! Enjoy!
Voila! Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers


  • 2 links of Tofurky brand Kielbasa [Meat-Free Polish "sausage"]
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 10 oz of bow tie pasta 
  • 5 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 table spoons of lemon juice
  • 2 table spoons of pesto
  • 3 table spoons of shredded fresh basil (preferably from your bonus moms garden, but store bought will work.)
  • salt and pepper

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers

Step one:
Preheat the broiler on your oven to high. Place the whole peppers (stem and all) on an ungreased baking sheet. Turn them frequently until the are about 80% black. just trust me, I'm not going to make you eat burnt peppers. When the peppers are done take them out of the oven and set them aside until they are cool enough to handle.

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers
 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers

Step two:
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta, reduce heat slightly and cook until tender. Drain pasta when finished and put aside.

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers

Step three:
In a medium mixing bowl combine minced garlic, olive oil, pesto and lemon juice. stir until blended well.

Step four:
When the peppers are cool enough to handle remove blackened skin completely. Then remove the stem and seeds and chop the peppers in to medium chunks. 

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers

Step five:
Slice up kielbasa and fry in a large saute pan (or in my case a wok.) with olive oil until slightly browned.

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers
Tofurky Kielbasa

Step six:
As soon as the kielbasa is done cooking add the pasta, peppers, and sauce all together in the same pan as the kielbasa and stir until everything is mixed together. Salt and pepper to taste. When everything is brought back up to temperature mix in the basil and immediately remove from heat and then serve. [Kaelah's note: We served ours with Tomato + Basil Focaccia and spicy pepper hummus. And of course, like every single meal, with a fresh Spring salad.]

 Bowtie Pasta w/ Peppers

Let us know if you try this one [or the other!] 


PS; You can make this meal vegan by substituting the pasta with an egg-free noodle or shell (we didn't realize these contained eggs) and foregoing the pesto! 


  1. Omg pasta is my favorite! I'm definitely going to have to try this one. :)

  2. here is a good vegan pesto!

  3. Nom Nom Nom! This looks tastey. I heard tofurky is making pizzas now that are vegan, but they're kind of expensive. We tried a vegan meatloaf tonight and it was pretty delish.

  4. Looks sooo good! I would come for dinner but you're a bit far away lol. Maybe plan for the future lol

  5. this looks so yummie! I'm going to try this recipe right away! Thanks!

  6. Yums a mil! keep the recipes coming. Hooray Chef Mike. :-)

  7. it looks SOOOOOOO good and i'm not even a vegetarian.

  8. Holy crud monkey! I want to eat with y'all!! =D

    Much Love,

  9. I actually tried the recipe you put up the other day. It was the first time I have ever cooked and guess what..everybody loved it! Thank you guys for the recipes! :)

  10. My momma and I are going to try this one out tonight, I'll let you know how it goes!

  11. Mmm! That looks so freaking good! Haha.


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