Caprese Pasta {Easy to Make}

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Easy CAPRESE PASTA -- so quick and amazingly delicious! Angel hair pasta tossed with a cherry tomato and Zesty Italian sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shredded basil. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

This delicious Caprese Pasta is made with angel hair pasta tossed with a cherry tomato and Zesty Italian sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shredded basil.

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Caprese Pasta

If you like cheesy flavorful pasta, having dinner ready in the time it takes to boil a box of noodles, and using minimal ingredients, then you are going to love this easy caprese pasta recipe.

EASY CAPRESE PASTA I Angel hair pasta tossed with a cherry tomato and Zesty Italian sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shredded basil. I via chelseasmessyapron.com

One of the all-star ingredients in this caprese pasta is the Italian dressing. It’s tangy, sweet, and even adds a bit of spice. Plus, it’s light which is always a plus in my book. 

EASY CAPRESE PASTA I Angel hair pasta tossed with a cherry tomato and Zesty Italian sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shredded basil. I Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

This dish whips together so quickly that you will have dinner on the table, and by dinner, I mean perhaps the easiest and tastiest pasta ever in record timing.  So maybe spaghetti sauce is like two minutes quicker. But this flavor beats marinara any day.

Enjoy!

EASY CAPRESE PASTA I Angel hair pasta tossed with a cherry tomato and Zesty Italian sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shredded basil. I chelseasmessyapron.com

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Caprese Pasta

5 from 5 votes
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Caprese Pasta

5 from 5 votes
Keyword Caprese Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Chelsea Lords

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion very finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mined garlic
  • 3/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing separated, fat-free works great
  • 2 and 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil thinly sliced or chopped
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese chopped into small pieces
  • Optional: salt and pepper to taste (I use 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
  • Optional: red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook and stir until translucent. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add in 1/2 cup of the dressing and cherry tomatoes and cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • As the tomatoes cook and soften, smash them with the back of a wooden spoon. Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky style sauce. (About 4-6 minutes) Add in the salt and pepper.
  • Drain the pasta and toss with the tomato mixture.
  • Add in the fresh basil. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add remaining 1/4 cup of the dressing here and toss everything together. Add in the mozzarella cheese, chopped basil, and red pepper flakes if desired.
  • Enjoy immediately.

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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe , was fantastic good. I added grilled sliced sausage and black olives and chopped red pepper,, used shredded Parmesan instead of mozzarella. Was seriously out of this world, my wife was ready to lick the bowl.

    1. What a compliment!! I’m so thrilled to hear this was such a big hit; thanks for the comment Jim!

  2. Oh damn this looked good! But I fell asleep before I could finish reading all the stuff I don’t need to know about to make it. PUT YOUR RECIPE AT THE TOP. This is the #1 complaint about food bloggers out there. DO IT. DO IT.

  3. 5 stars
    Tried your recipe for dinner and it was delicious! My son said the sauce was sweet and tasty. Hoping to eat some for lunch tomorrow but there are no leftovers.

  4. A GREAT pasta! I am very glad I found your website all your recipes are so very good. It’s my go to website now.

  5. This is 4th year making your dish. We plan, planted our garden just for it. Tonight, 1st make of season, start kick our summer. THANK YOU so, much for this I actually dream abt it, drool -thinking abt it during off season.

  6. 5 stars
    Tasted Great I just used marble cheese instead of mozzarella and used normal iron instead of skillet since I dont have one it worked fine I just had to give it time to melt and it was great thanks for the recipe!!!!

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