Bow Ties with Pesto, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Bow Ties with Pesto, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Ready in 45 minutes
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Quick and easy to make, this looks spectacular on the table.

"I added some olives for a little tang. Used a different pasta too...type of pasta doesn't matter"

- heleenventer

Ingredients

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1 pound bow tie pasta; (farfalle)
3/4 cup Pesto; recipe follows
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes; halved
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Kosher salt; to taste
Black pepper; fresh ground
Extra virgin olive oil; as required
*PESTO *
5 handfuls Basil leaves; about 2 bunches
1/2 cup Pine nuts; or 3/4 C walnuts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; grated
1 small Lemon; juice of
2 cloves Garlic; peeled
20 grinds Black pepper
3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Original recipe makes 4

Servings  

Preparation

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Stir in the bow ties and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and run it under cold water just until it stops steaming. Bounce the pasta around to get rid of as much water as you can.

Dump the pasta into a large serving bowl. Stir in the pesto until the pasta is coated. Toss in the cherry tomatoes and the crumbled feta. Taste the salad and season it as you like with salt and pepper. You can make the salad up to about 1 hour before you serve it. Check out the salt and pepper just before you serve the salad. If it's looking a little dry, add some olive oil and stir it around.

Pesto:

Place all Pesto ingredients with 1/2 cup of the oil in a blender and blend. Gradually drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until pesto is thick and smooth.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Notes

This is just one example of how a good pesto can be used so well in so many ways. People always rave about this combo and I can't blame 'em ? it's one of those matches made in heaven. The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet and tart cherry tomatoes.

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I added some olives for a little tang. Used a different pasta too...type of pasta doesn't matter
heleenventer 7 months ago
This is just one example of how a good pesto can be used so well in so many ways. People always rave about this combo and I can't blame 'em ? it's one of those matches made in heaven. The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet and tart cherry tomatoes. [I posted this recipe.]
promfh 8 years ago
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