#meatfree spicy roast tomato macaroni

You know when you've got more leftover veg than you know what to do with? Yeah, I often have days like that - cooking for one can be quite challenging! It is in these moments that I find myself most creative. A few weeks back I ended up with two large peppers and around three large vine tomatoes, and I thought to myself, why not roast them, and use it in soup or pasta? So off I went and chucked a load of veg together... Here's what you need to come up with something similar:

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For the sauce
2 large peppers, preferably red/yellow (green might your paste/sauce a funny colour), roughly sliced
3 large vine tomatoes, quartered
3 cloves of garlic, crushed, skins left on
1 scotch bonnet, preferably red (though you will see I had to use green as that's what I had left!), and this is optional! Scotch bonnet chilli is super hot and if you haven't got the stomach for that go for something milder!
1 tsp Maldon sea salt
2 tbsp rapeseed oil (or any vegetable oil)

Method
Preheat your oven to 180c. Once veg is prepped, arrange them (except the scotch bonnet chilli) onto a baking tray, and toss in the salt and oil. Roast veg for 50min-1hr. Get the veg out, and blitz this in your food processor with the chilli (or without haha). Et voila! You're good to go.

 Spice spice baby.

Spice spice baby.

So, as the title of this post suggests, I will be sharing how to use this sauce in macaroni. I like macaroni because you can really get the sauce in the tubes and it is fun to eat (I know, I'm such a child!). All you need to do is:

Prep 80g of macaroni as per packet instructions, drain, leaving approx 2-3 tablespoons of the starchy water. Whilst the pasta is cooking, cut up more veg of your choice - I recommend fresh cherry tomatoes for a bit of sweetness, and mushrooms for a meaty, smoky flavour. Combine the pasta with the 1/2 the sauce, and the starchy water. Mix it all up well. Toss in the veg that you prepped as the pasta was cooking and cook it for about 2-3 minutes. Plate up with freshly grated parmesan or any hard cheese (if you're veggie!), paprika and/or more chilli powder.

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Hungry for more,
The Academicook