The rich and nutty taste of toasted pine nuts combine beautifully with sauteed bits of ham, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Toss this savory mixture with warm pasta, then dress with oil and vinegar for a very special dish.
INGREDIENTS (for 7 servings):
- 1 (12 ounce) package farfalle pasta
- 1 pound chorizo sausage, crumbled
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup diced tomato
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3/8 cup red wine
Cook pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, brown ham over medium heat. Add nuts and brown them also; do not burn! Add garlic, and remove from heat.
Drain pasta. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, ham mixture, basil, cheese, and tomatoes. Whisk together olive oil and vinegar; pour over pasta, and toss. Serve.