15 Minute Caprese Pasta

15 Minute Caprese Pasta

A 15 minute Caprese Pasta with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil – a delicious and super fast and easy vegetarian weeknight dinner. Quickly sautéing onion and garlic in olive oil first adds so much more flavour than simply tossing everything with the hot pasta!

15 Minute Caprese Pasta


THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Angel Hair Pasta
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 3 cups Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 handfuls Fresh Basil, large, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, sliced into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar, optional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, to serve



INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the Pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of cooking water.
  2. While the pasta is cooking: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a wide skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.

Toss Pasta with the Remaining Ingredients:

  1. Add the pasta to the hot skillet and toss until evenly coated.
  2. Add the tomatoes and remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and toss for one more minute.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of pasta cooking water, just enough so it doesn’t feel dry.
  4. Toss in the basil, mozzarella and balsamic vinegar (if using) and season to taste.
  5. Serve immediately with parmesan.

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