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Tomato, Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Total Time
24 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Tomatoes, fresh basil and smoky mozzarella go together beautifully. Add pasta and a splash of balsamic vinegar and you've got a wonderful meal.
Ingredients

uncooked fusilli

8 oz, or other spiral pasta

balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp, or more to taste

olive oil

2 tsp

dried oregano

½ tsp

fresh cherry tomato(es)

1 cup(s), or grape tomatoes, halved

basil

½ cup(s), fresh, chopped

whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese

2 oz, smoked, diced (1/2 cup)

table salt

tsp, or to taste

black pepper

tsp, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add vinegar, oil and oregano; toss to coat.
  2. Fold in tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 1 cup per serving.
Notes
For added flavor, try sun-dried tomatoes: Place 1/4 cup of dried sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover them with boiling water; set aside for 10 minutes to allow the tomatoes to plump up. Drain well and substitute them for half the cherry tomatoes.

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