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There’s nothing better than a fresh and light pasta dish for the summer. This Fresh Caprese Pasta is true to its name and only made with the freshest of ingredients. Tonnarelli pasta, campari tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s a summer staple!
Fresh pasta is an absolute must in the summer. Standing over a hot stove in hot weather is not ideal…which is why fresh pasta is so handy because it only takes 4-5 minutes to make!
My go-to fresh pasta is Wildgrain. We have a subscription box that we use to get fresh pasta and bread delivered straight to our door.
Let me tell you…nothing is better than having fresh pasta and bread already in your freezer and ready to be made when you come home from a long day. My favorite part about Wildgrain is that everything goes straight from the freezer to the stove or oven, no thawing required. The pasta cooks in 5 minutes or less and the breads bake in less than 25 minutes. Fresh pasta AND fresh bread at your fingertips…it’s a dream come true!
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What Ingredients are Needed for Fresh Caprese Pasta?
Fresh Pasta: There’s nothing better than fresh pasta, which is why I love using Wildgrain’s tonnarelli pasta for this recipe. It cooks in only 4-5 minutes!
Tomatoes: I prefer campari tomatoes for their crisp texture and sweet flavor.
Mozzarella: This salad is best with mini mozzarella balls. Alternatively, you can use a solid chunk of mozzarella and cut into small pieces. I wouldn’t recommend shredded mozzarella for this recipe.
Basil: Fresh basil really enhances this dish and brings in not only a delicious flavor but sensational aromatics that make this dish scream SUMMER!
Olive Oil: To lightly dress the pasta.
Balsamic Vinegar: You can use balsamic vinegar or if you have balsamic drizzle that is also a great option.
How Do You Serve Fresh Caprese Pasta?
- With fresh bread, of course! If you purchase a Wildgrain subscription box you’ll not only get fresh pastas, but tons of fresh bread as well! A nice big slice of sourdough bread pairs nicely with this dish!
- Pairing this with a refreshing glass of sangria is always a good idea! Try my Fruity & Refreshing Red Sangria!
- If you’re a big cheese fan, I recommend shaving some fresh parmesan cheese over the top of the pasta salad!
Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe
- Shallow pot or wide saucepan
- Cutting board and knife
Looking for Similar Recipes? Try These:
- Sauteed Vegetable Medley Pasta
- Grilled Peach, Burrata, and Prosciutto Pizza (Peach-za)
- Pasta and Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce
- Naan Pesto Pizzas
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How to Make Fresh Caprese Pasta Salad
Cook the Pasta: In a large pot, bowl salted water for the pasta. Once boiled, add the pasta and cook for 4-5 minutes until desired tenderness. Drain excess water and set aside.
Saute the Tomatoes: Add chopped tomatoes to the pot with a bit of olive oil over medium-low heat. Saute until skins start to wrinkle, approximately 3 minutes. I love how soft this makes the tomatoes and really brings out all their juices!
Combine the Ingredients: Add the pasta back to the pan with the tomatoes, remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and chopped mozzarella balls. Toss all ingredients together and let simmer for 1-2 minutes until cheese gets slightly melty.
Serve and Enjoy: Remove from the pan and top with chopped basil and optional parmesan cheese. Serve with fresh sourdough bread, a glass of refreshing sangria, and enjoy this meal outside on a nice summer day!