Pasta w/ smoked mozzarella, asparagas & dried tomatoes

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Warm water
½ cup Dried tomatoes, sliced into
Strips
¾ pounds Asparagus, cut diagonally 1"
Pcs
12 ounces Pkg farfale (bowtie pasta)
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 small Onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, finely
Chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh thyme leaves (or 1 t
Dried)
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ pounds Smoked mozzarella, cut in sm
Cubes

Soak dried tomato strips in the cup of warm water for 3-5 min until they begin to soften. Drain and reserve the liquid.

Heat 5" of water to boiling in large saucepot. Add the asparagus and cook 3 min. until tender but still crisp. Remove to a bowl and set aside.

In the same of pot of boiling water, cook the pasta. While it's cooking: Heat 1 T olive oil over med. heat; add onion & saute 5 min. Reduce heat to low; add garlic & saute 3 min. Stir in tomato liquid, asparagus, thyme leaves & salt. Cook for 5 min. Drain pasta; return it to the pot and toss with remaining 1 T olive oil.

Place on serving platter and top with tomato-asparagus mixture and mozzarella. Serve immediately; or to serve cold, cool to room temperature, cover & refrigerate.

Recipe By : Country Living, May 1995

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