my cousin is a huge meat eater, but an excellent cook. she made up this pepper pasta for me, and taught me to make it too. it's spicy, yummy, and very colorful and pretty. the rest of my very omni family, not to mention my roommates, love this stuff. they request it all the time.
1 lb whole wheat pasta (i like spaghetti or linguini for this dish)
about six handfuls of small sweet peppers, chopped into roughly equal pieces
a 7.5 oz jar of sundried tomatoes packed in oil
a can of quartered artichoke hearts packed in water
four cloves of garlic, pressed or chopped fine
3-4 small green hot peppers (any varietal, according to your taste/degree of heat tolerance), chopped into roughly equal pieces
juice of 1/2 lemon
hot pepper flakes
first, put your pasta water on medium heat. make sure to salt it very well. this brings out the hearty flavor of whole wheat pasta really nicely.
drain the artichokes and put them in a bowl to marinate in olive oil along with the garlic and lemon juice. add pepper flakes and salt to taste.
next, drain the tomato oil into a deepish frying pan and set the tomatoes aside. saute your peppers in the oil, with a good amount of salt, a few dashes of pepper flakes, and if you need it, extra oil.
when the peppers are getting close to where you want them, bring your pasta pot up to a boil and throw in the pasta. then add your tomatoes and the contents of your artichoke bowl to the pan of peppers. your veggies should now be covered with a bit too much oil for a saute.
cook your veggies until the pasta is done, and then mix pasta and veggies in a bowl to serve. put the cooking oil on the side in a little bowl so that people can spoon it over their pasta to taste - it becomes spicy and yummy.