There are some nights when there simply isn’t time to cook – and I’m not really a very good cook, so that makes things problematic as well. However, I can whip up a pretty mean pasta dish that’s as delicious as it is pretty. When we are rushing around and still want to have a healthy, decadent dinner I always turn to this trusty dish to ensure that my family eats well. I also use this dish on nights when people show up unexpectedly at the dinner hour and expect us to feed them. It takes less than 20 minutes to make and it’s just as good cold as it is hot, which makes it a great party dish.
What You’ll Need:
One box of bowtie pasta – or any pasta, but bowtie is prettiest
3 cloves garlic
Red pepper flakes
Place the pasta on the stove to cook according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, place a half cup of olive oil in a pan and turn it on low. Mince three cloves of garlic and place that, along with a dash of red pepper flakes and salt into the pan with the olive oil. Allow the ingredients to simmer for five minutes on low so you don’t burn the garlic.
Cut the entire package of cherry tomatoes in half and add half of them to garlic mixture after it has sautéed for five minutes. Allow to sauté another five minutes. You should stir occasionally. Place the rest of the cherry tomato halves in a large bowl. After the tomato and garlic mixture has finished on the stove, pour it in the bowl with the uncooked tomatoes and mix well. Let it sit until the pasta is done.
Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the tomato mixture. Mix well. Next, chop fresh basil and mix it in with the pasta and sauce. Sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese on top, salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy. You can eat it warm or you can put it in the fridge and serve it hours later for dinner.