This recipe for Sweet Red Peppers with Feta and Pesto, comes by way of my dear friend C who has a largely vegetarian diet and like everything that she makes, is really full of flavour and utterly delicious. The peppers get slightly charred in the oven, the tomatoes become juicy and intensify their flavour through roasting face down in the pesto and the feta adds a salty, lemony and creamy note. Whenever I need to cut back on the calories, I make these peppers (with a little less cheese) to layer in my lunchbox with lots of salad leaves and also some green lentils which I cook in stock with some chilli flakes and thyme. The juices from the lentils and the peppers means that a dressing is not needed. It is so full of flavour and releases energy slowly so that I don’t feel hungry or unsatisfied. The peppers are also gorgeous warm with some roast salmon or chicken or as a side to a stew. These are really quick and effortless to make also scaling up easily to make more servings… Prepare the peppersSmear with pestoFill with halved cherry tomatoes Top with feta cheese, trickle over some EVOO and place in the oven.
Sweet Red Peppers with Feta and Pesto
- 2 long sweet red peppers (they are sometimes called ‘pointed’)
- 4 generous tsp pesto
- 8-10 cherry or mini plum tomatoes
- 100 g feta cheese
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C/350 F.
- Before slicing the peppers in half, take a look at them to determine the most sensible side to do this from – they need to sit flat on the tray. Pointed peppers tend to be sort of flat and wide – they have a narrower side which is where they are best sliced from. I find that if I lay one down so that it lies flat and then give it a quarter turn, that is the best place to slice them in half – it gives me two fairly stable and wide halves. After you have sliced them in half, remove the seeds and the white membrane but try and leave the stems on as they look rather pretty. If there are any rogue seeds, hold the pepper half over the sink, cut side facing down and give it a little tap or two with the flat of the knife and the seeds should fly out. Nestle the prepared peppers in a baking dish which will hold them snugly. The tin that I use is 7″ x 10″ (which is 26cm x 17cm) and comfortably holds 4 halves.
- Smear 1 generous teaspoon of pesto into each half. Slice the tomatoes in half and nestle, cut side down into the pesto – put in as many as you can squeeze in. When I can find them I also use a few yellow cherry tomatoes.
- Slice the feta into cubes and divide this evenly over the tomatoes.
- Trickle over a little EVOO and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve warm as a side with a roast or stew or cold in a lunch box with a salad. This is delicious with a lentil salad and also on toasted slices of baguette…
I have made these with green pointed peppers which went down well despite my not liking the flavour of green peppers in general. They can be topped with grated parmesan cheese instead of the feta. Adding a few slices of anchovy filets, red onion and black olives would be rather lovely.
15 thoughts on “Sweet Red Peppers with Feta and Pesto”
Yummy!! Have to try this!!!
Hi there – thank you for stopping by and commenting! I would love to hear what you of this when you make it…your photos are gorgeous – are you on instagram – would love to follow you!
Jepp! Im on insta:
Have a great saturday night
I adore peppers and feta, your pics look great! I recently shared a recipe for sweet mini peppers with feta, spinach, edamame and Indian spice. Hope you’ll take a look x
Hi Deena – thank you for your comments! Your blog is fab and I have signed up for email and Facebook too! I seem to post a lot of vegetarian recipes as we just seem not to be eating as much meat as we used to. Having said that a chicken recipe will be up soon! I hope you give the recipe a try – it is so quick and easy…S
Oh that’s great to hear that you are signed up to the site! I’d love to hear your your thoughts on my recipes so do let me know!
Im vegetarian, but I use mock meat so I will look out for your recipes x
Hi Deeba – I can’t take any credit for this recipe as it comes from a really good friend of mine – but you are right; it is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate!
Just stunning. Love the play of colours and flavours Selma! YUM!
Oh,Selma – Too good to be true. Amazing flavors and textures – and my favorite foods. This has been pinned to make many times. Thank you for sharing. Also, appetizing photos, to say the least. Warmly, Shanna
Thank you Shanna! I make this a couple of times a month at least – it just goes with everything and tastes so good! Let me know what you think if you make it. x
Selma – I will let you know. This is one of the most delicious recipes I have seen. Take care! – Shanna
I love this recipe. Great for a light starter in a dinner party.
Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! It would make a lovely starter – great suggestion! I love your recipes for mushrooms and the Thai sausage rolls!
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