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Bow-Tie Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce

Bow-Tie Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce
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  • 4 large vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 4 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces bow-tie pasta
  • 1 package (4 ounces) goat cheese crumbles
  • Garnish: basil sprigs


Combine first seven ingredients. Cover; let stand 1 hour at room temperature. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve tomato mixture over hot pasta; sprinkle with goat cheese. Garnish, if desired.

Additional Notes:

To make pasta with a Southwestern-style fresh tomato sauce, omit basil and vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, and a seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper. Spoon over hot cooked
pasta and top with goat cheese crumbles. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.
Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003

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3 Responses to Bow-Tie Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce

  1. Anonymous August 16, 2005 at 4:17 pm #

    I like this a lot. I also add pine nuts and fresh mozzarella cheese. It is good hot or cold.

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    This is one of my favorite summer recipes! I use lots of plum tomatoes and I blanch them in hot water to remove the skins and then I chop them. I also use lots of fresh garlic and basil. I use feta cheese with tomato and basil. Just before serving I sprinkle with fresh cracked peppercorn and a squeeze of fresh lemon. YUMMY!!

  3. James Twitchell May 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Don’t recall when I first spotted this. All I know is it was when the magazine was the smaller version and it had to be “years” ago….at least 6. This recipe is SO yummy…SO easy… SO wonderful to have for the warmer weather, which we must make this particular one twice a week. And yes, it is great the next day cold! We too add extra garlic and basil. And we now use Barilla’s new multi-grain pasta, which makes it incredibly healthy.

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