Valentine's Day Tomato Basil Pasta


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Keep your heart and your honey healthy with this colorful pasta dish.

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  • 4 Tbs. dried basil
  • 1 Tbs. minced pine nuts
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 oz. sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/8 C. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (16 oz.) package bow tie pasta

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In a small mixing bowl, combine basil, pine nuts, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. In a small bowl, blanch sun-dried tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water. Drain well, and slice tomatoes into small pieces. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute garlic in 1/8 cup olive oil. Simmer for 1 minute, being careful not to brown the garlic. Stir in the mushrooms, and let them saute until tender. Add the pesto, salt, cayenne, and tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, and drain well. In a large mixing bowl, toss pasta and sauce until the pasta is well coated.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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