10 Ways to Use Roasted Red Peppers

Delicious and full of antioxidant vitamin C, you’ll be wishing for any excuse to pack peppers into all your meals.

March 02, 2023


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Whether jarred or homemade, there’s no denying that roasted red peppers add a ton of smoky, tangy flavor to dishes. Even better these peppers are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin C which helps promote collagen synthesis and protects cells against free radical damage. Here are 10 scrumptious ways to use this pantry staple, and get plenty of it into your diet.


Combine roasted red peppers with basil to create a sweet and tangy red pesto. Spoon over roasted chicken, fish, pork and steak or use as a condiment for sandwiches or crackers.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto


Toss roasted red peppers in a blender along with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt to bring your hummus to the next level. Serve with pita chips, baby carrots, cukes or radishes.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


Swap green salad for red featuring jarred roasted red peppers tossed in a variety of spices. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve on the side of fish, beef, pork or chicken.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Salad


Whether you make your dough from scratch or use pre-made pizza dough, you can up your pizza flavor by making a roasted red pepper spread. This recipe has you roasting your own peppers, pureeing them in the blender and then spreading it over the cheese in your pizza — delish!

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Roast your own peppers, puree and then use in the base of a soup to add a punch of flavor. Try it in Rachael Ray’s minestrone soup.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Minestrone

Over Asparagus

Amp up broiled asparagus by topping it with chopped, jarred roasted red peppers and crumbled feta.

Get the Recipe: Asparagus with Roasted Red Peppers


Add jarred roasted red peppers to white bean dip to create a beautiful red color. Serve with fun-colored dippers like grape tomatoes, radicchio leaves, beet chips or radishes.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper White Bean Dip


Add jarred roasted red peppers to sauteed onion and garlic for a puree that makes for a delicious homemade pasta sauce.

Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta


Whip up vegetarian croquettes using frozen spinach, roasted bell peppers, tofu, parsley and mozzarella. Serve with barbecue sauce or marinara for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes


Instead of a ho-hum frittata, your family will salivate over this punched up version featuring roasted red peppers. It’s a perfect start to any weekend morning or can be meal prepped for those busy weekdays.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper and Fresh Herb Frittata