Post by chief_cook2 on Aug 17, 2005 16:04:37 GMT -6
Tomato Basil Pasta Salad
12 ounces (about 5 cups) bow tie pasta 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, snipped 3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups) 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (optional) 1 cup mozzarella, cubed or shredded (optional)
Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool. Step 2: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon-style mustard, salt and pepper. Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, basil and tomatoes. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss together. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Step 4: If desired, add pine nuts and cheese just before serving, tossing again to combine. Makes 12 servings.
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