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Old August 15, 2011   #52
Zana
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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

Directions

Prep: 10 min Total: 15 min (Quick)
1
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.
2
Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto and Parmesan cheese to the pasta. Toss gently. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if necessary.
3
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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