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Pasta Caprese

I actually have never “loved” Pasta Caprese. My husband always had, but I always thought it was just “ok” and not very flavorful… until now. I used the vinaigrette from ATK with some of my own changes.

If you know me you know I love Campanelle pasta so I used it instead of bowtie. I also don’t “love” fresh tomatoes so I roasted them first. It really brings out a lot more flavors. Our other two recipes call for it to be served room temp or even cold. I hate that. We served it warm and it was perfect. Lastly, I was all out of Buffalo Mozzarella cheese so I had to settle for Precious part skim/whole moisture Mozzarella.

Can Pasta Be Frozen?

You can freeze cooked pasta.

But, the pasta should have been cooked just to al dente, or firm to the taste.

If the pasta is cooked beyond al dente, it will become mushy when frozen.

Can Pasta Be Cooked In A Slow Cooker?

You can cook pasta in a slow cooker, but it can be tricky.

If you cook pasta on low-heat for hours, you are likely to end up with a soggy mess.

Instead, pasta should be cooked on high setting.

Pasta can be cooked directly in the sauce prepared in the slow cooker.

Is Pasta Good For You?

When eaten in moderation, pasta can be part of a healthy diet.  

How healthy past is, depends a lot upon what sauce is served over the pasta.

Whole grain pasta is healthier choice because it is lower in calories and carbs, and higher in fiber and nutrients.

Pasta Caprese

Pasta Caprese

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Recipe by ATK and Me

  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2-4 teaspoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1 clove garlic small, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes ripe, roasted, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 12 ounces mozzarella cheese buffalo, or at least name brand mozzarella from the cheese section cut into 1/2-inch cubes, see note below
  • 1 pound pasta campanelle
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped fresh
  • 1 teaspoon sugar I just sprinkle some in

Instructions

  • Whisk oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in large bowl.
  • Add tomatoes and gently toss to combine
  • Set aside while you finish the rest.
  • Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil in stockpot.
  • Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta, stir to separate, and cook until al dente.
  • Drain well.
  • Add pasta and mozzarella to tomato mixture and gently toss to combine.
  • Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Stir in basil; adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice if needed and serve right away!

Notes

If you are using fresh mozzarella or buffalo make sure to dry it on paper towels. If you are not then after cutting the mozz let it sit in the freezer for 10 minutes while the pasta cooks.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Caprese
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 366mg16%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1381IU28%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 315mg32%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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3 comments

  • Yum. I've made this from ATK too and Matt was obsessed with it. I am with you, thought it was a little bland, but what's weird is I find myself craving it!!! I'll try your rendition!

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  • I'm sure it was even better with roasted tomatoes!

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  • Looks yummy Carri.

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