A simple pasta recipe that is all about the most basic of ingredients and amazing flavor! The key with this recipe is timing and the order of adding your ingredients. This is a dish served best Right As you sit down...so be sure to time it carefully.
- package of pasta (bow tie or penne work best)
- fresh mozzarella
- cherry tomatoes
- fresh basil
- virgin olive oil
- pot to boil pasta
- sharp knife for cutting
- cutting board
- spoon for tossing
- large serving bowl
While your pasta is cooking prepare you will prepare your other ingredients. Slice up your tomatoes into edible pieces - I prefer mine to be sliced narrowly. Chiffonade your basil which basically means stack some of the leaves on top of one another, roll them up, and slice up roll so that you are left with slender long slices of basil. Slice up the mozzarella and set aside (it will melt in pasta so don't worry about how it looks!).
When pasta is done cooking drain. Place the pasta in the bowl you would like to serve. You will want to add the next ingredients quickly because the pasta should be steaming to melt the cheese...follow the order carefully to get the best flavor and texture. 1) Add the tomatoes to pasta and mix, the tomatoes should lend some juice to the pasta. 2) Next add your basil...stir together. 3) Add a bit of olive oil (this is best done by sight...it should slicken the pasta but not drown it) you can always add more so start with a light hand... 4) Add your cheese. If you've got your timing down correctly the cheese will melt in the pasta and become a bit stringy. Be sure to serve soon otherwise cheese will congeal and clump. Best served hot and fresh! Feel free to add more olive oil by taste.
Serve with Bread, Fresh Parmesan, and Salad and your good to go!
Easy peasy comfort food that is so delicious. Let me know if you whip some up!!! For more deliciousness head over to A Quilter's Table to check out what other quilter's are eating...
- rebecca lynne