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Fresh Caprese Pasta

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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!

    No more waiting for your sourdough to rise…

    Use my code WALNUT30 for $30 off your first box! AND you can pause or delay your shipments whenever you want so it’s extremely flexible for those busy summer schedules! 

    Order your Wildgrain box here and have a summer full of the freshest recipes!

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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!
    Fresh Caprese Pasta with Wildgrain pasta box

    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Shallow pot or wide saucepan 
    • Strainer 
    • Cutting board and knife 

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    Fresh Caprese Pasta in grey bowl

    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! 

    Fresh Caprese Pasta in grey bowl

    Fresh Caprese Pasta

    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!


    Prep time: 5 min |

    Cook time: 10 min |

    Total time: 15 min

    Cuisine: Italian |

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    • 4 nests, Wildgrain tonnarelli pasta (185g)
    • 1 cup, campari tomatoes, chopped into large pieces (165g)
    • 10-12 mini mozzarella balls, chopped in half (112g)
    • 1 handful, basil, roughly chopped
    • 2 tbsp olive oil (26g)
    • 1 ½ tbsp, balsamic vinegar (20g)
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Parmesan cheese, optional topping

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot, boil 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Add the pasta back to the pan with the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and mozzarella balls. Toss all ingredients together and let simmer for 1-2 minutes until cheese gets slightly melty. 
    4. Remove from the pan and top with chopped basil and optional parmesan cheese.
    Notes:
    1. If you don’t have tonnarelli pasta, fettuccine, spaghetti, or linguini are great swaps.
    2. Store any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days, to reheat, simmer caprese pasta on the stove with some olive oil instead of microwaving. 

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size ~2 cups

    Serves 2


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 505
    Total Fat 23g
      Saturated Fat 7g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 460mg
    Total Carbohydrate 59g
      Dietary Fiber 1g
      Sugars 3g
    Protein 19g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Fresh Caprese Pasta


    Author: Christine

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    Course: Main Entrees

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    Cuisine: Italian

    Keywords: Summer Recipe, Caprese Pasta, Fresh Pasta, Wildgrain


    Ratings and reviews (15)

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    Vaishali
    2 months, 1 week ago

    Absolutely love a good caprese. This sounds and looks delicious!

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    Jimmy Clare 2 months, 1 week ago

    I would like to try this recipe

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    Adam
    2 months, 1 week ago

    Great weeknight recipe idea!

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    John 2 months, 1 week ago

    Amazing!!! Sharing this with my family

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    Amelia L
    2 months, 1 week ago

    I've never thought about freezing fresh pasta, this might become my new go-to meal for quick dinners after a long day. Thanks for sharing!

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    Arnetta 2 months, 1 week ago

    Omg this looks so good and simple

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    Mina
    2 months, 1 week ago

    It looks like an ideal dish for summer :)

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    Lindsey
    2 months, 1 week ago

    Looks delicious! I will be trying this for sure!

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    Jessica C
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This pasta is SERIOUSLY good. I will be making this once a week from now on.

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    Chelsea
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This recipe looks amazing. I've always loved fresh Caprese pasta! I'd never heard of Wildgrain before. That sounds so yummy!

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    Adam
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Perfect recipe to use some my garden veggies! Thanks 👍🏻

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    Shanita
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Oh, this pasta looks delicious! I will have to try this soon.

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    John W
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I love how simple and delicious this recipe is!

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    Bridget
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This pasta recipe is to die for!!

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    Jillian
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

    OMG this is the perfect summer pasta dish!

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