Caprese Pasta Salad
- Total Time
To get a head start, cook up the pasta according to the package directions the day before, then drain and transfer to a microwave-safe bowl.
fresh tomato(es)3 large, finely chopped
table salt⅛ tsp
uncooked pasta6 oz, orecchiette or other small pasta
basil¼ cup(s), fresh, cut into thin strips
garlic clove(s)1 clove(s), medium, minced
olive oil1 Tbsp
black pepper⅛ tsp, freshly ground
shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese¾ cup(s)
- Place the tomatoes in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Place in the sink; let drain about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to the package directions, omitting the salt if desired. Drain; keep warm.
- Combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, oil, and pepper in a serving bowl; let stand about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Add the pasta and mozzarella; toss until the cheese softens. Yields about 1 cup per serving.