Fast Fresh Favorite!

It’s a great day when I can get dinner on the table with ease, especially when it is a delicious meal that everyone loves. My scrumptious Tomato Basil Pasta with creamy mozzarella cheese is drenched with flavors fresh from the summer garden and it’s table ready by the time you can boil pasta!

Grape tomatoes have a sweet as candy flavor and are the perfect choice for this dish, slicing them in half releases all of the juices for this light pan sauce.

There is no subsitute for the sun drenched flavor of fresh basil, grab some at the market or grow your own. Basil is an easy herb to grow whether you have a full garden or just one pot. When you are ready for Tomato Basil Pasta, you can simply walk out your door and pick what you need.

Tomato Basil Pasta
1 16 ounce package of penne pasta
1 pint grape tomatoes halved
2-3 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
One package of fresh basil or 5-6 sprigs from your garden
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese cut into cubes
2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
¼ cup olive oil

Cook pasta in salted water to the al dente stage. Heat olive oil and whole garlic cloves in a large skillet for 2-3 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and continue to cook for another minute. Add tomatoes and cook until heated through. Add fresh basil. Remove garlic cloves and add pasta to the pan. Toss pasta to coat with light sauce. Salt to taste. Add fresh mozzarella and allow it to begin to melt before serving with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Serves 6

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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2 Responses to Fast Fresh Favorite!

  1. Vonda says:

    I made this last night….soooo yummy and super easy! Thanks! It will stay in the rotation for sure.

  2. loriefangio says:

    Great! I’m glad you liked it.

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