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Pasta Alla Caprese

This pasta couldn't be simpler - it takes only 20 minutes tops! - and it's just right for spring and summer.

Pick your favorite pasta (Eliche Grande is pictured!) and toss it with sauteed tomatoes and garlic, basil, and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle a bit of your favorite olive oil at the end - and even some balsamic, if you like - and you've got all the flavors of a Caprese salad in a delicious pasta recipe.

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Pasta Alla Caprese

Category

main

Servings

6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Calories

471

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound short pasta,
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, (halved)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 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))
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil,

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
471
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
61 grams
Protein
19 grams
Fat
17 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
Cholesterol
30 milligrams
Sodium
638 milligrams
Fiber
3 grams
Sugar
4 grams
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