Bow Ties with Tomatoes, Feta and Balsamic Dressing

I got a new cookbook at Costco when I was there the other day called “Cooking Light Complete Meals in Minutes” and this is the first recipe I tried from it and it was delicious!  The cookbook is divided into sections according to foods and then each section is broken into 3 additional sections according to how long a recipe takes to prepare – 15 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes.  This one was 20 minutes.  So quick, easy and yummy!

6 ounces uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta) (I used whole grain rotini)

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (I used white wine vinegar instead)

2 tablespoons chopped shallots

2 teaspoons capers (left these out)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (just used regular mustard since the Dijon was all gone)

1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic (I pressed one fresh clove of garlic in)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

4 oz crumbled reduced – fat Feta cheese

1  Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting any salt and/or fat.  Drain.  Combine cooked pasta, tomatoes, grapes and basil in a large bowl.

2  While pasta cooks, combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Gradually add oil to vinegar mixture, stirring constantly with whisk.  Drizzle vinaigrette over pasta mixture and toss well to coat.  Add cheese and toss to combine.

4 servings (serving size – 2 cups) = 320 calories per serving

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