Una Pentola” One Pot Toscana Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese) Red Pepper & Olive Pasta in Garlic Basil Cream: A Vegetarian Dream!

Tuscan Pasta

Tuscan food, by tradition, is light, appetizing and extremely colorful. Feel free to experiment with any foods that fit into the latter categories and Create, Create! Here’s my version of a lighter, but very satisfying Tuscan dinner. Served with a side of grilled Italian sausage (if you’re not a Veggie) and caramelized butternut squash. Bellissima!


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/3 cup kalamata olives, halved, pitted

1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers, slightly crushed or whole

1 red roasted pepper, sliced thin

2 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced thin

1/2 pound spaghetti, linguini or angel hair

3 1/2 cups vegetable (or chicken if you’re not a Veg) broth

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup Italian 4 cheese mix, shredded

salt & pepper to taste

Grated or shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish


Heat oil in large pot or skillet over low heat. Add garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add olives, capers and basil. Saute for 2-3 more minutes. Increase heat to medium and add broth, water and 1 teaspoon of salt to the mixture. Bring to a full boil and add uncooked pasta. Turn heat to low and simmer according to package directions, stirring occasionally. Add cream and roasted peppers. Simmer a few more minutes and add a little more broth or water if you prefer your pasta less al dente. As the liquid reduces in the skillet, a sauce will form. Add shredded Italian cheese and toss until melted. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium size pasta bowl or divide among 2-4 dishes. Top with grated or shaved Parmesan, additional chopped basil and a few grinds of fresh pepper.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    This looks amazing! I am thinking of making it with some shrimp on the side. Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Oh!! That sounds amazing!! You are more than welcome!! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Daniela!

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      1. My pleasure 😊

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  2. This sounds so good! I love Kalamata olives and herbs! this really sounds great Lana!


    1. Thanks, Lynn! This recipe was a happy accident–I used what I had in the frig at the time and this pasta is now a staple in our house!

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      1. I love that! Those are the best kind!

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  3. Sheryl says:

    This dish looks wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Sheryl! It’s a product of a mistake that became a staple in our house 🙂


  4. Linda says:

    My kind of meal!!! Love those flavors 🙂 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! The flavors compliment one another so nicely!

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