Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta Dish with Mojo Sauce

In today’s post, I’m sharing a recipe for a pasta dish that features colourful roasted veggies and chunks of sausage, coated in a delicious mojo sauce. It’s easy to prepare and makes a great weeknight meal.

The mojo sauce really is the star of this dish, and takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness. I first discovered this sauce in a supermarket in La Palma, and it was just perfect for brightening up our simple home-cooked veggie meals. Back home, I’d been dreaming about this sauce and finally, nearly a year later, I set to re-creating it.

The main ingredient in mojo sauce is pepper. In La Palma, it is traditionally made with small red peppers called pimienta picona, which gives it a beautiful orangey-red colour and spicy flavour. According to Wikipedia, every Canarian family has its own recipe for mojo though, so it can vary greatly in flavour, spiciness and texture.

I love that the sauce is so adaptable, and I really enjoyed creating my own rendition. I can’t claim that it’s in any way authentic, but it’s very similar to the colour, flavour and texture of the sauce we enjoyed last year.

While it’s packed full of flavour, I’ve kept the chilli heat to a minimum so that it’s suitable for all members of the family, including kids and spice wimps (like me!) Of course, you’re very welcome to crank up the heat by adding some fresh chillies into the mix.

To prepare this pasta dish, I first roast a tray of colourful veggies. My favourite mix is bell peppers, courgette and red onion. Into the oven, I also add four or five vegan-friendly sausages.

While the veggies are roasting, I cook the pasta and prepare the mojo sauce. To make the sauce, it’s simply a case of throwing all the ingredients in a blender (I used my Optimum Vac 2), whizzing smooth, then gently heating through.

Once the veggies, sausages and pasta are ready, I stir them through to combine…

… transfer to warm bowls…

… and invite the family to drizzle on the mojo sauce, before tucking in.

So good!

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This recipe is being submitted to the Suma Blogger’s Network  Big thank you to Suma for supplying the following ingredients that I used in the recipe:

– Suma Organic Chopped Tomatoes with Chilli
– Suma Organic Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Suma Organic Corn Rice Penne Pasta
Aspall Red Wine Vinegar

 

Have you visited the Canary Islands? If you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them! I’ve visited Lanzarote and La Palma, but am wondering where to go next! Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura?

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9 Responses to Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta Dish with Mojo Sauce

  1. Dan

    Mmm that sauce sounds lovely x

  2. I love mojo potatoes. I had them in the canary islands and instantly loved them, so I know how good this would taste. Nice idea Sharon.

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    • Thank you Jac! This sauce is delicious on potatoes, but it turns out it’s perfect for pasta too. In fact, it could be my favourite pasta sauce ever!! I really love it’s rich flavour and spicy kick 😋

  3. I have never even heard of mojo sauce, but it sounds so good! And I love pasta. I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Just the other day when I was doing a photo shoot for another food website, I was really feeling a lack of photo mojo… if only I’d known then that I could have made some mojo sauce! 😉 xx

  5. I know Mojo sauce only with potatoes (papas ;-)), but great idea to serve it with pasta. The bread you use in it, has it to be old and dry?

  6. Ooh mojo sauce is a new one on me. Adding bread to tomatoes doesn’t seem like an obvious trick, but bread does work well in sauces.

  7. I’m always up for trying a new pasta sauce and will definitely be giving this one a go!

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