Saturday, August 28, 2010

Caprese Pasta

If you like caprese salad, you have to try this pasta! It is SO good that my husband and two little guys finished off the entire thing! The most important thing is to be sure all the ingredients are fresh and ripe. Be sure you use FRESH mozzarella that comes in a soft white ball, packed in water in vacuum-sealed plastic or in a plastic tub. The result is fantastic!

3 c. diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
Kosher salt and pepper to taste (be sure to use a good amount of salt!)
8 oz. spaghetti
2 t. minced garlic OR 1 T. sliced garlic
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 c. thinly sliced fresh basil

1. Combine tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper; set mixture aside.

2.Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and toss with tomato-cheese mixture.

3. Saute garlic in oil in a large saute pan until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour hot oil over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat all ingredients.

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