Chipotle Veggie Capellini

This month Taste & Create, a foodie website who brings together food bloggers to try out each others recipes, paired me up with No Reason Needed.  I browsed the recipes on No Reason Needed’s site and decided to make their Name It What You Will Spaghetti. Their recipe took a Food Network recipe and changed it up by improvising with what ingredients they had available. I found the basis for the recipe to be a good one as well, and improvised myself. Always wanting to make a pasta flavored with Chipotle, a smokey jalapeno, I thought this would be a good time to make it happen. I took the day off from work today to make up for all the crazy hours I had been putting in this week, and cooking for relaxation is all I had planned.  So, at 8am in the morning, with my deck door wide open to bring the perfect February 68 degree weather in, I got crackin’ on my vision of this recipe. I did not want a traditional breakfast…I wanted pasta.  The subtle spice of smoky Chipotle went well with veggies of peppers, onions, and mushrooms. This is now a favorite of mine.


8 cloves garlic, pressed
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
4 tsp Chipotle pepper, diced
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
12 oz Capellini pasta, cooked al dente
1/4 cup parmesan, grated


In a skillet, cook garlic in olive oil for 10 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Add red and green bell peppers to skillet and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes.

Add onions and mushrooms to skillet. Increase heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a large saucepan, add butter and tomatoes and cook on medium heat. Stir until well blended and the butter is melted. Stir in garlic and vegetable mixture, Chipotle pepper, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Allow the flavors to meld for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add in Capellini. Toss to coat and serve garnished with parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe (12.9 ounces).
Calories 538.62

% Daily Value
Calories From Fat  162.07  30%
Total Fat 18.49g 28%
Saturated Fat 5.85g 29%