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Old August 15, 2011   #52
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Caprese Pasta Salad

Inspired by the classic Caprese salad — tomatoes, mozzarella and basil — this super-simple pasta salad is flavorful and fresh tasting. It's a perfect side dish with grilled steaks.

8 ounces dried rigatoni or other medium-size pasta
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup cubed mozzarella (1/2-inch cubes)
1/3 cup pesto sauce, store-bought or homemade
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: 4 Servings


Prep: 10 min Total: 15 min (Quick)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rigatoni until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer to a large bowl.
Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto and Parmesan cheese to the pasta. Toss gently. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if necessary.
If making ahead and storing in the refrigerator, remove the salad from the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving, if possible.
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