Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pasta

One of my all time favorite combinations is tomatoes and mozzarella.  Especially in the summer months.  I've been on a pasta and veggie kick lately.  I enjoy adding different veggies to pasta and have been on the search for more of these spring/ summer recipes.  I enjoyed this meal for dinner, served warm and also as a cook pasta salad for lunch the next day.  Enjoy!

Tomato Mozzarella Pasta 
Recipe Courtesy of Food and Wine 

2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (about 6), chopped
3/4 pound salted fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup halved and pitted black olives
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced

In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes with the mozzarella, basil, olives, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain, add to the tomato mixture, and toss.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour the oil over the pasta and toss again.

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