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Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing

Posted by Peggy on October 1, 2009

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
Recipe: Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds bow tie (farfalle) pasta
  • 12-13 ounces sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups grated Parmigianno Reggiano, plus 1/2 cup or 12-ounce log goat cheese
  • 2 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups pine nuts, plus 1/2 cup toasted*
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil, plus 1/2 cup chopped or sliced into chiffonade

Instructions

  1. Bring two pots salted water to a boil.
  2. In a food processor, purée the sun-dried tomatoes with packing oil, olive oil and garlic. If using goat cheese, process goat cheese into the mixture. Otherwise, stir 2 cups of the Parmesan into the mixture.
  3. Thoroughly combine sun-dried tomato mixture with mayonnaise. Toss with cooked pasta, 1 1/2 cups basil and 1 1/2 cups of pine nuts. Season to taste with kosher salt.
  4. Place in large bowl or container. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup pine nuts, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan and 1/2 cup basil.

*Trader Joe's carries pre-toasted pine nuts. I like mine a bit toastier than these but they aren't bad and save a step in preparation.

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: apx. 25 cups

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