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Creamy Caprese Pasta

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Whole wheat pasta laced with basil ribbons, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Whole Wheat Pasta (penne Or Rigatoni Work Best)
  • 1 cup Favorite Pasta/Tomato Sauce (or More If You Desire)
  • ⅓ cups Heavy Cream
  • ⅓ cups Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese Plus More For Garnish
  • 4 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella, Cut Into Cubes
  • 2 pints Grape Tomatoes (I Like Leaving Some Whole And Chopping Some)
  • 1 bunch Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 3 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced Into Rounds

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, heat tomato sauce over low heat in a large saucepan. Once warm, stir in heavy cream and grated parmesan. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and dump into the sauce, mixing to coat and turning off heat. Fold in mozzarella cubes and grape tomatoes, then chop 3-4 fresh basil leaves and add them in, too. Once combined, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the entire pasta mixture into the dish. Top with fresh mozzarella rounds. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Top with additional fresh basil and grated cheese. Serve with garlic bread. You can also add in chicken, beef or seafood for some protein.

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JO on 2.14.2012

one word: YUM!!!!

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Whisk Together on 6.24.2011

Yum!! I think I’ll makes this with some crushed garlic too. Drool.

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4littleFergusons on 6.3.2011

Oh how I love Caprese salad!!! I am going to have to try this!!!!!! I have Basil in the garden is just waiting to be used! :)

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Juhee on 6.10.2012

Was a great recipe! Added chicken and onions to the sauce. I think the cup of pasta sauce was too little — personally doubled the sauce amount!

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Kyra on 10.1.2011

I’ve made this a couple times now & I absolutely love it!

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ConnerNJaker'sMom on 8.23.2011

I added spinach and ground turkey, everything else the same. It was great! All my boys ate it.

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Whisk Together on 8.12.2011

I halved the recipe and it came out delicious.

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jjcain on 7.19.2011

This was great. Easy, fast, pretty, delish. In fact, sometimes I just use our favorite jarred marinara (Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara), mix it with the cream and romano, per the recipe’s suggestion and give it to my kiddos over noodles. Voila! Instant creamy red sauce. Love!

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