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      RECIPE TITLE "Bow Ties with Sun-Dried Tomato and Scallion Cream Recipe"
    Source: Quick from Scratch - Pasta,
    courtesy of Cooking.com

    yields Serves 4 time--- difficultyeasy

    Sun-dried tomatoes give intense flavor to this quick, no-cook sauce. Fusilli would also be a good shape to use here; the cream sauce will cling to its every curve.

    WINE RECOMMENDATION:
    A fruity red wine will be ideal with the rich sauce and the assertive, salty taste of the sun-dried tomatoes. A slightly chilled bottle of barbera or dolcetto from the Piedmont region of Italy would be perfect.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    5 scallions, white and light-green parts only
    6 tablespoons chopped reconstituted sun-dried tomato halves (about 12 halves)
    1 cup light cream or half and half
    1 pound bow ties
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

    Ultimate Pasta
    Ultimate Pasta Ultimate Pasta opens with a gallery of irresistible pasta dishes illustrated with superb close-up photography. There are pasta dishes here for every occasion and every taste, all created by international award-winning author Julia dell Crode. The easy-to-follow instructions and tasting notes, and the expertise of an author passionate about her subject, enable you to choose ingredients that hve a natural affinity with each type of pasta.

      RECIPE METHOD

    In a blender or food processor, puree the scallions and sun-dried tomatoes with 1/2 cup of the cream.

    In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the bow ties until just done, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and toss with the puree, the remaining 1/2 cup cream, 1/3 cup of the reserved pasta water, the salt, pepper, and parsley. If the sauce seems too thick, thin it by adding more of the reserved pasta water.

    VARIATION: BOW TIES WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND HERB CREAM

    An equal quantity of chopped fresh basil or chives or 2 tablespoons of tarragon would be a good alternative or addition to the parsley.

    RECONSTITUTING SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

    In a small pan, bring enough water to a boil to cover the dried tomatoes. Add the tomatoes, then remove from the heat and let steep in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Drain. You can also use drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes for this recipe. Since they're already soft, you don't have to reconstitute them.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

      Nutrition Facts
    Serves 4
    Facts per Serving
    Calories: 569 Fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 94g
    Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 729mg Protein: 18g
    Fiber: 5g % Cal. from Fat: 22% % Cal. from Carbs: 66%

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