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Quick and Easy Caprese Pasta

Quick and easy caprese pasta

This quick and easy caprese pasta is perfect for when you need dinner on the table in a flash.  Serve it with grilled chicken, or a tossed salad for a meatless or vegetarian meal. It’s also good served cold in the warmer months too! Scroll down for my recipe.

Quick and Easy Caprese Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta (I used orecchiette)
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved.
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
  • 1 container of mozzarella pearls, drained.
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • chopped fresh basil
  • balsamic glaze

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the tomatoes. Take a skillet, add some olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, or until the sides are roasted.
  3. Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl.
  4. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella.
  5. Stir in pesto until combined.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with some chopped basil, salt and pepper.
  7. Serve warm or chilled.

Quick and easy Caprese Pasta

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Quick and easy caprese pasta

Quick and Easy Caprese Pasta

This quick and easy caprese pasta is perfect for when you need dinner on the table in a flash.  Serve it with grilled chicken, or a tossed salad for a meatless or vegetarian meal. It’s also good served cold in the warmer months too!
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta I used orecchiette
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes rinsed and halved
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
  • 1 container mozzarella pearls drained
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • fresh basil chopped
  • balsamic glaze to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  • While the pasta cooks, prepare the tomatoes. Take a skillet, add some olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, or until the sides are roasted.
  • Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl.
  • Add the tomatoes, mozzarella.
  • Stir in pesto until combined.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with some chopped basil, salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm or chilled.

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Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

This is such an easy weeknight meal and pure comfort food without being too heavy! I usually make enough for leftovers to have for lunch the next day. Chicken sausage with warm creamy pasta and peppery arugula topped with fresh Parmesan cheese (I use mozzarella for the boys because they don’t like “stinky cheese”).  Sharing my recipe below.

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Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

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Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta (I used shells because that's the boy's favorite)
  • olive oil (for heating the pan)
  • 2 packages roasted red pepper chicken sausage (I used alfesco brand) cut into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 bottle Annie's goddess dressing
  • parmesean cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, start to boil your water for pasta.
  • While your water is boiling, in a separate pan, heat a little olive oil and start to brown your sausage. Remove from heat once browned and set aside.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add your pasta and cook until al dente, then drain.
  • After draining your pasta, remove the pot from heat and add in pasta and sausage. Add a little oilve oil if needed so that the pasta doesn't stick together.
  • Mix in arugula and it will begin to wilt.
  • Stir in Goddess dressing (add more to taste if you wish).
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve!
Keyword pasta, weeknight

 

 

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