Sun-Dried Tomato and Bow Tie Pasta
A light, yet hearty flavored Italian dish to awaken your taste buds. This recipe is fast and simple so you can enjoy the days of summer!
4 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon minced pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
Make pesto (optional): In a small mixing bowl, combine basil, pine nuts, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Instead of making your own pesto, you can use a 1/2 bottle of pre-made pesto from the grocery store.
- 3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (16-ounce) package of dried bow tie pasta
In a small bowl, blanch sun-dried tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water. Drain well, and slice tomatoes into small pieces.
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute garlic in 1/8 cup olive oil. Simmer for 1 minute, being very careful not to brown the garlic. Stir in mushrooms and let them saute until tender. Add the pesto, salt, cayenne and sun-dried tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and let the mixture simmer.
Bring a large pot of salted water and pasta to a boil. Let pasta cook until tender, drain well. In a large mixing bowl, toss pasta and sauce until the pasta is well coated.
Garnish each dish with red pepper or Parmesan cheese to your taste.