Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Caprese Pasta

Let's get started while the pasta is cooking.Ingredients:
1 pound whole wheat Rotini
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta into a large bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. As the tomatoes cook and soften, smash them with a fork. Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky style sauce, about 4 minutes. Transfer the tomato sauce to the bowl with the pasta. toss to combine. add the basil leaves and mozzarella. Stir to combine. Add the reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until the pasta is moist.



Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

What a great idea for a pasta!! I love caprese salad, but I have never thought to use the ingredients in a pasta dish! It looks fab!

Shellbelle said...

Oh, forget the salad, this sound even better. Brilliant idea Judy!

Haden News said...

Great summer meal...Now I know what I can do with all the cherry tomatoes getting ready to rippen!!

Tiffanee said...

YUM! I had caprese chicken at a restaurant the other day and loved it. Put pasta in the mix and it is perfect. Thanks!! I will be making this soon!!

Sook said...

Mmmm Pasta is my weakness.. I love any kind of pasta. :) This looks great.

Joyce said...

I wish I had a big bowl of the caprese pasta right this minute. Oh how I love Italian food.

Tracy F. said...

Wonderful summer dish, with all the fresh ingredients! Quick and easy and sounds delicious.

Mary said...

Judy, your pasta looks delicious. It is a perfect summer meal. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, sounds wonderful. I love pasta and this is a great summer dish. Thanks also for joining my blog. I am so happy to meet you. Hugs, Marty

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Judy,
You have a wonderful blog and a lovely collection of tea pots! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.


Terri said...

MMmmmmmm, this looks absolutely delicious, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
You have a wonderful blog.

Jacqueline said...

Yum. I am waiting for my first tomato and I turned it over and a worm was enjoying it for me!! I was not happy with that little critter. This would be wonderful once the tomatoes get going crazy.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I'm waiting for my tomatoes too! Once they come in, I'll be making things like this! Thanks!