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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recipe Swap: Caprese Pasta

Caprese PastaIt's been awhile since I participated in a recipe swap, but as soon as I saw that this week's theme was Italian, I knew I had to participate. I submitted Penne alla Vecchia Bettola, which is probably my most favorite pasta dish to make. I again was lucky to get the swap's hostess' recipe for Caprese Pasta.  The recipe was daunting, since there were no measurements.  I went ahead and used shredded mozzarella per the original recipe because I had it on hand and I made a huge batch of it. Since my basil plant died a couple months back, I got a Living Basil plant from Kroger. It is hydroponically grown and only cost 50 cents more than a bunch of basil. Let's see how long it lasts...
Caprese Pasta

1 pound pasta of your choice, I used Campanelle
6 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
15 to 20 basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade

Boil pasta per package directions, drain, run under cold water and set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cooled pasta, cheese and basil. Serve.
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7 comments:

The Home Cook said...

Did you like it? I can't tell. :)

katie said...

I did like it very much! Sorry, I was so fascinated with the darn basil plant that I forgot to review it in my post.

Chrissy said...

This looks great! What a gorgeous picture as well :)

Biz said...

That looks delicious! The last time I sent my husband out for basil he bought me a plant too - so far it's still alive and plants usually come to my house to die!

SkinnyMommy said...

What's the recipe swap? Sounds fun! This looks really summery and fresh!
Bree
www.skinnymommy.com

The Home Cook said...

Ah, good. I was worried since you didn't say anything. :)

Alida said...

This looks delicious! Tasty summer flavors and what a great photo!

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