Lemon Caprese Pasta
July 29th, 2011
Lemon Caprese Pasta
This is what I ate for lunch today. I thought about calling it “leftover pasta,” but that didn’t sound very delicious, and delicious is what this was.
I had an overwhelming craving for pasta this afternoon. OVERWHELMING. Like I went downstairs and put a bowl of boiling water on as fast as my legs could carry me.
As soon as the pasta was in, it meant I had about 8 minutes to figure out what to put in it.
Yellow cherry tomatoes: because they are sweet and juicy and I still have gaggles left from the weekend (I will post pic’s from my Summer party on Monday so you know why I have had so many freaking tomatoes lately)
Fresh Mozzarella: I have three pounds in the fridge, I gotta use it up. Plus it tastes good.
Basil: cause duh. When you have tomatoes and mozzarella, you gotta have basil, right?
Parsley: Cause I like it, and it kinda piggy backed onto the basil.
Lemon: At least 10lbs in a pretty bowl in my kitchen. A really big pretty bowl ☺ Plus lemon juice makes everything taste fresh and bright.
So I tossed this simple pasta together and slurped up every delicious bite. Treat yourself to this fresh and easy summer pasta- 10 minutes, start to finish.
Lemon Caprese Pasta, serves 6
-1 lb pasta (I used spaghetti rigati)
-2 cups cherry tomatoes
-1 ½ cups fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
-1 cup fresh basil, rough chopped
-1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, rough chopped
-1/3 cup olive oil
-1/3 cup lemon juice
-1 garlic clove, minced
-Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
-(I also garnished with some pretty chive blossoms)
1) Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
2) Cook the pasta to al dente according to manufacturers directions.
3) While the pasta is cooking, add the basil and parsley to a bowl.
4) Add the olive oil.
(check out my gorgeous shellac mani by the way! I am 10 days into this polish and not a chip to be seen!)
5) Add the lemon juice.
6) Add the garlic clove and mix to combine.
7) Add the cherry tomatoes and toss.
8) Add the drained pasta.
9) Add the mozzarella and some fresh black pepper.
10) Toss the pasta together and season with Kosher salt and more black pepper if desired.
11) Dish up and enjoy!