Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pasta Caprese

Caprese Salad- an Italian specialty that is a simple dish designed to feature its three primary ingredients: Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese. The preferred mozzarella is made from the milk of the water buffalo. Caprese salad can be garnished with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and black pepper.

Now add some pasta to that awesomeness and you get Caprese Pasta!

After looking at broken blinds for the past year thanks to our cat's birdwatching hobby we decided an upgrade was necessary. The blinds were sticking out all over the place on one side and on the other side a perfect square (the size of a cat head). Anytime someone came to our house I was so embarrassed by the state of our blinds that I tried to deflect attention anywhere else. Our plan was to install some nice two inch wooden plantation blinds in the evening and have a light late dinner.  But instead I ended up being lazy and just watched my husband sweat, curse, and struggle putting up these blinds. I still made dinner though! It was really easy, fast and yummy! I will definitely be making it again. Oh yeah and my husband did an awesome job on our blinds. Enjoy!

Pasta Caprese
1 carton cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
2 cups or 1 package mozzarella pearls
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
12 ounces penne pasta

Mix tomatoes, mozzarella, oil and vinegar in medium bowl. Season with salt,pepper, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Mix in basil.
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Return pasta to pot. Add tomato mixture and toss gently to blend. Season with salt and pepper and serve


Listening To:

Husband struggling to put the blinds up


  1. Ever since this marvelous dish became popular, I have been making this, at a moment's notice, when we have an impromptu dinner, or for a nice and cool afternoon away from the hot stove. Your recipe is absolutely perfect, and the result just beautiful and delish!

  2. Thanks you! It tasted really good. My husband (who is a manly meat eating man) even commented on how much he liked it. I agree it is a great quick dish. And so fancy looking. Thanks for reading! :)