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Caprese Pasta – Submit Your BEST 6 Ingredient Recipe

Can you guess what I love best about summer? I’ll give you a hint. It’s NOT the heat. I love all the fresh, delicious produce that is available and how easy it is to showcase those flavors. You don’t need a complicated recipe to show off ripe, red tomatoes and sweet garden basil.

The previous two years we’ve grown our own tomatoes, but this year with all the traveling we did at the start of the season we decided to skip the big garden. I did plant a big whiskey barrel full of herbs so I can be sure to have plenty of fresh basil on hand!

caprese pasta recipe

I make this Caprese Pasta – Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella repeatedly during peak tomato and basil season. That in itself is an anomaly – the nature of food blogging is that we’re always trying new things. But both Eric and I find Caprese Pasta to be a sort of Summer comfort food for us: a delicious dinner we don’t have to think hard about.

My summer recipes tend to be simple without many complicated steps or ingredients. Summer is a busy time for our family and with two little busybodies at home cooking dinner isn’t something I want to spend a lot of time on.

What could be simpler than Caprese Pasta with just six ingredients? Six ingredients most any home cook will have on hand at any time during the summer months. I bet many of you have favorite, simple recipes just like this that regularly grace your dinner table.

recipe for caprese salad pasta with tomatoes and basil

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Easy Caprese Pasta Dinner - recipe for caprese salad pasta with tomatoes and basil

Caprese Pasta - Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

Yield: serves 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tomatoes are one of my favorite parts of summer. I like to enjoy fresh tomatoes, grilled tomatoes, and oven roasted tomatoes. They’re perfect for snacks, salads, or lighter meals, like this Easy Caprese Pasta Dinner, when I’m not that hungry.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces your choice pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 20 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes,
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • large handful of thinly sliced fresh basil, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 c fresh mozzarella, diced (or here I used little balls of mozzarella)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain after cooked and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, saute onions in olive oil until golden and tender, 5-7 minutes, over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 more minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes start to pop. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Turn heat to low. Add the basil. Cook for 1-2 minutes so the juices can coat the pasta. Remove the pan from the heat off and stir in the mozzarella . You want to warm the mozzarella, not melt it. Serve immediately.

Notes

adapted from Charlene in New Mexico

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 309Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 24mgSodium 553mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 4gSugar 14gProtein 13g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Submit your favorite or best DINNER recipe that features 6 ingredients or less. You may submit 2 recipes – leave each recipe in a separate comment.
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