Italian Caprese Pasta

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, italian, mozzarella, pasta, tomatoes, vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: The Petite Cook
Vegetarian Italian Caprese Pasta made with only 5 ingredients and ready in just 20 minutes! This incredibly simple Italian recipe makes a fantastic summer dish the whole family will love!
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  • 350 gr short pasta (preferably from Gragnano)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 250 gr ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 200 gr buffalo mozzarella (or bite-sized mozzarella balls)
  • 5 basil leaves
  • sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper


  • Fold the pasta into a pot of lightly salted boiling water.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat and drizzle evenly with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté for a few minutes, then add 2 basil leaves, a tablespoon of water and cover with a lid. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In the meantime, drain the pasta al dente and transfer it into a large salad bowl. Then, cut the mozzarella into small cubes.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, the remaining basil leaves and mix all the ingredients.
  • Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and serve immediately or at room temperature.