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Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Salad- pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese. This simple and delicious pasta salad is perfect for summertime or anytime!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped basil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz pasta (I like orecchiette)
  • Balsamic glaze, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir until tomatoes and cheese are well coated. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions, making sure you salt the water. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.
  3. Add the pasta to the bowl of tomatoes and mozzarella. Stir until combined. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil. Drizzle with a little balsamic glaze and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.