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Caprese pasta salad on a silver plate

Pasta Caprese

Heavenly Home Cooking
Celebrate summer with this easy, fresh, light and tasty pasta caprese, made with fresh tomatoes and basil.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes/Entrees
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 570 kcal


  • Large glass bowl
  • large pot


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice plus extra as needed
  • 1 shallot small, minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds tomatoes cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2-inch pieces and patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 pound penne pasta or fusilli, or other short, tubular pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Whisk oil, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper together in large bowl.
    Add tomatoes and gently toss to combine; set aside. Do not marinate tomatoes for longer than 45 mins.
  • While tomatoes are marinating, place mozzarella on plate and freeze until slightly firm, about 10 mins.
  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in large pot. Add pasta and 1 tbsp salt and cook, stirring often, until al dente, about 10 mins. Drain pasta well.
  • Add pasta and mozzarella to tomato mixture and gently toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in basil, season with additional lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 570kcal (29%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 26g (52%)Fat: 34g (52%)Saturated Fat: 13g (81%)Cholesterol: 67mg (22%)Sodium: 538mg (23%)Potassium: 270mg (8%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 1126IU (23%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 446mg (45%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information provided is for one serving and is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Total Servings 4 servings
Keyword easy, quick
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