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This Quick Caprese Pasta is loaded with flavor…and it’s ready in just 10 minutes!
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In addition to catching up on sleep, I also spent that entire weekend planting our garden. The weeds had taken over last year, so I dug out all of the dirt to get rid of any weed seeds. Then I planted a variety of our favorites: basil, oregano, tomatoes, lettuce, snap peas, zucchini and jalapenos. And carrots. Because our local nursery had carrots, and they sounded like fun.
Fast forward about a month. The rabbits somehow got through the fence and mowed down the snap peas, lettuce and most of the carrots. Oh well. I like to think that I’m feeding the local wildlife. However, the rabbits left the jalapenos alone…imagine that! And the basil. Apparently the backyard critters don’t have a taste for herbs, so I tend to go a little heavy on the herb plants. I might have kinda overdone it on basil this year. As in, we have about 5-6 huge basil plants in our garden. Well, had is more accurate. I pulled up most of those basil plants and turned them into pesto last weekend. (I freeze pesto in ice cube trays so we can use it for easy meals all winter long.) We must have made about 2 gallons of pesto…seriously!
We’ve been using the remainder of the fresh basil in all sorts of dishes lately. With a toddler in the house, Laura and I need easy dinners. Oftentimes, we have leftovers from one of my cooking adventures. However, when the leftovers are gone, pasta is one of our go-to weeknight dinners. It’s quick, easy and Italian. (Did I mention that Laura is half-Italian? Pasta is totally her thing!) Speaking of pasta, have you seen Barilla’s new line of Ready Pasta? It’s perfect for nights when you need a super quick dinner!
Oh, and get this. Barilla’s Ready Pasta doesn’t require refrigeration. That means you could totally pack this one for lunch at the office. No boiling water needed. Just a microwave. And there’s no sacrifice in quality here. Just delicious pasta ready in a New York minute.
Our love for Italian food is pretty obvious. Italian recipes are often pretty easy to make, and the ingredient list is usually rather short. The key to delicious Italian food is quality ingredients. Use real Parmesan cheese. And, if you can, grate it yourself. Use fresh basil from the garden. (You can borrow some of mine…we have plenty!) Use good quality olive oil and pasta. And for this Quick Caprese Pasta to come together in just 10 minutes? Yeah, that’s the perfect dinner for those nights when Robbie stays up a little later than normal. Enjoy!
Quick Caprese Pasta
- Cook Barilla Ready Pasta Penne according to package directions.
- Using a large bowl, add cooked pasta, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, salt, dried Italian seasonings and fresh mozzarella balls; toss until well combined.
- Divide pasta mixture into 2 bowls and top with additional fresh basil and Parmesan.