Fresh Pesto Caprese Pasta



Fresh Pesto Caprese Pasta

Fresh Pesto Caprese Pasta is a delightful Italian-inspired dish that brings together the vibrant flavors of summer. With its fragrant basil pesto, juicy tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella, this pasta is a celebration of simplicity and freshness.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. penne pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella balls, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine the fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. Pulse until well combined.
  3. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the cooked penne pasta with the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls.
  5. Drizzle the fresh basil pesto over the pasta and toss to coat everything evenly.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Fresh Pesto Caprese Pasta is a perfect summer dish that’s quick and easy to make. The vibrant colors and flavors will transport your taste buds straight to Italy.

Nutrition: Calories – 450, Fat – 29g, Carbohydrates – 35g, Protein – 12g

Fresh Pesto Caprese Pasta is a celebration of the Mediterranean’s finest ingredients. The aromatic basil pesto adds a burst of fresh herbs, while the sweet cherry tomatoes and creamy mozzarella create a harmonious balance of textures and flavors. It’s a dish that embodies the essence of summer and is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a leisurely weekend meal. Treat yourself to the taste of Italy with this delicious recipe!

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