Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Farfalle with Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce

This is a lovely, simple recipe that can bring summer sunshine to the winter table. Roma tomatoes, ripened in a brown paper bag, provide vibrant color throughout the year. While this recipe seems to have many parents, it first appeared on the Mayo clinic website. How much do I love this recipe? Let's's inexpensive, fast, easy AND healthy. Remember when the kids spread their arms wide to show how much they loved something? I love this recipe that much. It's a great meatless dish for those who are fasting today.

Farfalle with Fresh Tomato & Basil Sauce

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 to 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/2 pound dried farfalle
1 cup (about 5-oz.) ricotta salata, cut into 1/4 inch dice (optional)

1) Heat oil and garlic in a large (12-inch) saute pan over medium-low heat until garlic is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.
2) Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper to pan. Toss to combine. Raise heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes reduce to a thick, pulpy sauce, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in basil to taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
3) While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of abundantly salted water to a vigorous boil and cook farfalle until al dente. Drain well.
4) Toss pasta with sauce. Divide into individual serving bowls. Sprinkle with cheese if using. Yield: 4 servings.


Anonymous said...

This looks like the perfect Spring meal!

Allie said...

I love the color of the pasta and how simple it is! yummy!

Kiezie said...

This looks beautiful as well as delicious!! Thanks!!

Lyndas recipe box said...

It looks so light and fresh and delicious! Great picture, too!

Lisa said...

Mmmm! Some of my very favorite flavors. Makes me think of sunshine...

Patsyk said...

Simple, delicious and pretty, too!

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

We had this for dinner last night and it was wonderful!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Susan, I'm so glad you enjoyed the pasta. It is a really lovely, simple dish.

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I'm discovering basil and this seems like a great recipe to try with it. Maybe I'll add some meat to go with it...

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