Monday, July 12, 2010

Lovely Eats: Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Found this recipe randomly online. The name and the simplicity of this recipe makes it quite unappealing, but luckily I gave it a try because it was surprisingly tasty and super easy!

1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
1 (6 ounce) package spinach leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces prosciutto, diced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

Toss the spinach and basil together in a large bowl. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic in the hot oil; stir in the prosciutto. Remove from heat. Add to the bowl with the spinach and basil mixture; toss to combine. Pour in the drained pasta and retoss. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and pine nuts to serve.


  1. i realy really want to try this recipe! if only my basil plant was still alive... :(

  2. that looks good! it reminds me of that other spinach & goat cheese bow tie pasta you make.

  3. mmm! it does look good. i think j would love this dish. it's going on my recipes to make list.