Sunday, April 22, 2012

Perfect for potluck

This colorful dish fills all the requirements for what you need to bring to your next dinner party or other potluck affair. It only needs a few ingredients and so is easy to make; tastes good hot, room temperature or from the fridge; healthy, pretty to look at, and filling; leftovers taste great whether you leave them at the party or take 'em home with you.
RECIPE: Bow-tie pasta with broccoli and grape tomatoes
1 box bow-tie or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions until al dente
1 bunch of broccoli, florets and tender part of the stems cut into bite-size pieces
3 T olive oil
2 packages grape or cherry tomatoes, left whole if larger than 1 1/2 inch, sliced in half otherwise
1-2 T minced garlic
1/4 cup prepared pesto
Salt and pepper, to taste
For serving: grated cheese

A couple of minutes after you've put the pasta in boiling water, add the broccoli. Drain when pasta is cooked to al dente (not mushy), and set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic, stir-frying until tomatoes start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, add pesto, and stir well.
Season with salt and pepper; add pasta/broccoli mixture and check seasonings, adding more salt and pepper to taste.

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