One Pot Caprese Pasta Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks Updated

One Pot Caprese Pasta just made your family dinner a whole lot easier. A wonderful summer pasta dish.

Summer is my favorite time of year. I love that the kids are off from school, the swim club is open, vacations are taken and the fresh produce is plentiful.

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My garden consists of lots of tomatoes and fresh basil as well as other herbs and peppers. The ripe tomatoes and fragrant basil are put together with pasta, garlic and fresh mozzarella cheese to make one delicious summer pasta.

Even when my garden is bare, I can always find these ingredients in the market.

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Caprese salads are one of my favorites. But I also love to make Caprese cocktailsCaprese pizza and one pot Caprese pasta.

The fresh mozzarella cheese gets added at the end so that it is slightly melted and just the perfect texture. It is not uncommon in the summer for some type of Caprese recipe to be prepared in my kitchen at least twice a week.

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While my family loves eating this pasta, I love making it because only one pot is needed. Also the pasta is cooked with the other ingredients, so there is no need to use a colander to drain the pasta.

There is no colander to clean up either. With my extra time gained, I can whip up a nice dessert such as dark chocolate raspberry pudding or pink lemonade cupcakes.

My family is usually so happy that they even will clean up the dishes after eating their pasta and decadent dessert. Now that is a successful family dinner, wouldn't you say?

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Whether you have a large or small family, one-pot meals are always a winner for both weeknight dinners and weekend meals when you are having company. It's easy to find a dinner everyone will love, and that you'll love not having to clean up for hours afterwards too.

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One Pot Caprese Pasta Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Penne
  • 2 cups Chopped Tomatoes
  • 6 large Fresh Basil Leaves, Plus extra chopped basil for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt, Plus extra to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, Plus extra to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 5 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mozzarella, Cut into pieces

Directions

  1. In a large frying pan, combine pasta, tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, salt, red pepper, dried basil, water and olive oil. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook pasta for about 10 to 12 minutes or until water is evaporated and pasta is al dente, turning frequently with tongs. If you like your pasta a little more cooked, more water can be added.
  3. When pasta is done, add mozzarella cheese and toss.
  4. Garnish with extra fresh basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 88
Calories 398

% Daily Value*
17%
Total Fat 11g
2%
  Saturated Fat 0g
24%
Sodium 584mg
20%
Total Carbohydrate 59g
4%
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 3g
30%
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.