Sunday, November 13, 2011

Creamy Caprese Pasta


I was looking for something easy to fix one night last week since I have been overwhelmed lately with school, work, and my home life.  I saw this recipe and thought it would fit the bill.  I was correct that it was easy to prepare but I had no clue it would be a house favorite.  We loved it!  The sauce was delicious and I think in the future, I will double the sauce.  This will definitely be a repeat~

Creamy Caprese Pasta
Tasty Kitchen

1 pound penne pasta
1 cup of your favorite pasta/tomato sauce
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more for garnish
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
1 pint of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Boil water and cook pasta according to directions.  While pasta is cooking, heat tomato sauce over low heat in a large saucepan.  Once warm, stir in heavy cream and grated Parmesan.  Once pasta is done cooking, drain and dump into the sauce, mixing to coat and turn off heat.  Fold in mozzarella cubes and tomatoes, then chop 3-4 fresh basil leaves and add them in too.  Once combined, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the entire pasta mixture into the dish.  Top with fresh mozzarella rounds.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

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