Trader Joe’s Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta

4.53 from 21 votes

This Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta from Trader Joe’s is fabulous! If you love cheesy pasta with a kick to it, this one is for you!

trader joes cheesy hot pepper pasta

This Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta from Trader Joe’s is so good I just had to share it with you. I would love to take credit for this one but their recipe is the Bomb.

trader joes cheesy hot pepper pasta

Trader Joe’s are not shy about sharing their recipes online but they obviously reference ingredients unique to them so you go shop in their stores. Not that they need to try too hard as our local Trader Joe’s stores are always packed!

pasta in a bowl

This pasta dish recipe requires simple ingredients to make, with the exception of 2 ingredients: the Campanelle Pasta (aka Gigli) and the Hot Pepper Sauce.

In theory, you can use whatever kind of pasta you want for this recipe but substituting the Pepper Hot Sauce might be a little challenging.

closeup of pasta dish

Trader Joe’s has a hot sauce called Italian Bomba Hot Pepper Sauce which includes fermented chili pepper. You could use any hot pepper sauce or hot chili sauce but I like that their sauce includes pieces of fermented chili peppers.

trader joes cheesy hot pepper pasta

A word of caution, the hot pepper sauce used in this recipe is VERY hot. We all know how much I love spicy food but I found 2 tablespoons just a bit much to really enjoy this dish. I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon and slowly working your way up as you taste test between each addition.

trader joes cheesy hot pepper pasta

What does better with a great pasta dish than some Cheesy Garlic Bread. This is the best garlic bread you will ever have!

You will need the following ingredients to make this Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta recipe from Trader Joe’s (see recipe card for quantities): Campanelle Pasta, Olive Oil, Hot Pepper Sauce, Garlic Powder, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice and Parmesan Cheese.

  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, stir gently and return to a boil; boil for 4 to 5 minutes until very al dente, stirring frequently. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving ½ cup of pasta water for the sauce.
  2. In a large skillet, add the oil, garlic, lemon zest, and hot pepper sauce. Sauté over medium heat until garlic and lemon are fragrant. Add the pasta and the cheese to the skillet and fold gently to coat.
  3. Gradually add the reserved pasta water to thin sauce to the desired consistency.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and fold in the lemon juice. Optionally garnish with more cheese before serving.

Printable Recipe Card

Trader Joe's Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta

Trader Joe’s Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta

This Cheesy Hot Pepper Pasta from Trader Joe's is fabulous! If you love cheesy pasta with a kick to it, this one is for you!
4.53 from 21 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 8
Calories 334 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 17 oz Campanelle Pasta
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Sauce, or to taste
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Lemon Zest
  • ½ Fresh Lemon Juice, (juice reserved)
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, stir gently and return to a boil; boil for 4 to 5 minutes until very al dente, stirring frequently. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving ½ cup of pasta water for the sauce.
  • In a large skillet, add the oil, garlic, lemon zest, and hot pepper sauce. Sauté over medium heat until garlic and lemon are fragrant. Add the pasta and the cheese to the skillet and fold gently to coat.
  • Gradually add the reserved pasta water to thin sauce to the desired consistency.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and fold in the lemon juice. Optionally garnish with more cheese before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Nicholas says:

    I just loved this Trader Joes cheesy hot pepper pasta. My family loved it. It was the best meal I had made in a long time. I only used 1 teaspoon of the hot pepper sauce and was loved by my whole family.

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