Summer Spaghetti Caprese Style

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
Serves 4

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.

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