June 28, 2009 | One Dish Meals, Pasta & Pizza
Looking for something easy to make for dinner on a hot summer night? tossing the simple ingredients of a Caprese Salad (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella) together into a pasta dish is a perfect choice. While it may seem obvious, make sure you use really nice fresh basil (not dried), and a high quality fresh mozzarella is a must. Which reminds me – is anyone interested in a cheese making class? I’m thinking of pulling one together so let me know if you are!
Summer Spaghetti Caprese Style
Serve this light summer pasta dish warm or at room temperature.
8 ounces spaghetti, or angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or more to taste
2 large garlic cloves, minced
4 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat; add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Add pasta, mozzarella, and basil and toss to combine. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste; add more olive oil if desired. Serve with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping.