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Well, I am one tired lady! I had an early birthday party for my daughter today and well… wild kiddos tire me out. Anyway, for the birthday party we grilled burgers (Yes, the weather was very nice here in North Carolina!) and we also had the yummy Pesto dish I mentioned yesterday evening… So as Promised here is the recipe. My family and Friends can’t get enough of this dish, so If you try it, make sure to come back and let me know what you think! 🙂
Bow Ties with Pesto, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes
5 big handfuls basil leaves (about 2 hefty bunches)
1/2 cup pine nuts or 3/4 cup walnuts (I like using walnuts better)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese (I use Pecorino – LOVE that cheese!)
Juice of 1 small lemon
2 cloves garlic, peeled
About 20 grinds freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place all 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.
Ingredients for the rest of the dish:
* 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 and freshly ground black pepper
* Olive oil, as needed
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. Enjoy!!
This recipe is very easy to make and so delicious!
(Recipe credit: Dave Lieberman of Food Network!)
Also, for all of you that were curious, the tomato basil soup I made last night was created using this awesome recipe from All Recipes! If you’re looking for some comfort food, this is definitely it!
Now, don’t you worry, we will get back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly… 😉