Quick Family Recipes: Easy Bowties with Sauce

April 2, 2010

I wasn’t able to get a picture of this dish because Hayden was eating it up so quickly!  As soon as I gave seconds, he was asking, “Can I have some more pasta, please, Mommy?”  Oh, if only every meal went over this well!

2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 tbs olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs milk or creme
1 bag bowtie pasta
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

In small saucepan, heat oil and garlic.  Cook over low heat about 1 minute.  Add tomatoes through salt, stir, and simmer (low) for 15-20 minutes.  While simmering, toast your pine nuts and cook your pasta (about 2/3 of the bag).  Drain pasta, then pour back into cooking pot and set aside.  Using an immersion blender or food processor, pulse sauce until smooth.  Stir in milk (I used 1% milk).  Pour sauce over pasta and stir to coat.  Serve topped with feta and pine nuts.

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