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Garlic and Bell Pepper Farfalle

Karry Hosford
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 tablespoon basil)
You can get a head start by roasting the peppers a couple of days ahead of time.

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 2 orange bell peppers
  • 3 bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups hot cooked farfalle (about 4 cups uncooked bow tie pasta)
  • 6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 281
  • caloriesfromfat 20 %
  • fat 6.4 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 11.6 g
  • carbohydrate 46.4 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 568 mg
  • calcium 121 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel and chop.

  3. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan. Add garlic to pan, and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the bell peppers, bacon, tomato, olives, salt, and black pepper; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Combine bell pepper mixture and pasta in a large bowl; sprinkle with cheese and basil.