Bowtie Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Capers
4 cups hot cooked bow tie pasta
4 cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 2 pints)
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped pitted niçoise olives
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
Red wine vinegar (optional)
Combine first 10 ingredients
in a large bowl, and toss well.
Sprinkle vinegar over each
serving, if desired.