The caprese pasta takes the tongue away

Pasta is the best everyday food, and this is proven once again by the wonderfully easy and delicious caprese pasta.

Caprese pasta is super simple, and that’s why it’s such an irresistible everyday dish. Wind Lindgren

Caprese pasta combines the ingredients of the Italian caprese salad, i.e. tomato, mozzarella and basil with spaghetti. The end result is a wonderfully easy and full of flavor pasta dish that can be enjoyed either on a weekday or at the weekend with a glass of wine.

Tomato, mozzarella and basil are the cornerstones of Italian cuisine, and they are used in pizzas, pastas and the already mentioned caprese salad.

In winter, finding good tomatoes can be difficult, but not impossible. Choose properly reddened Finnish cherry tomatoes from the store. Their taste is sweet and tasty.

Another option is to prefer cherry tomatoes. They continue to ripen better even after picking, which is why their taste is often excellent even in winter compared to large tomatoes sold in bulk.

Basil tastes the same regardless of the season, but be careful when transporting the herb home. Basil is very sensitive to the cold, so it should be properly protected during the trip home.

Caprese pasta

300 g of spaghetti

400 g cherry tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic

2 balls of mozzarella

3/4 teaspoon salt

0.5 tsp black pepper

0.5 dl olive oil

a pound of fresh basil

grated parmesan

1. Bring the pasta water to a boil and add salt to the water. Boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

2. Add olive oil, cherry tomatoes and chopped garlic cloves to the pan. Freeze tomatoes until they start to soften and their texture breaks. Season with salt and pepper.

3. When the pasta is cooked, pour off the cooking water. Add the fried tomatoes to the spaghetti. Grate the mozzarella balls and add some fresh basil. Stir.

4. Finish the servings with grated parmesan.

Wine recommendation

The ingredients for Caprese pasta are wonderfully simple. Combine with pasta, for example, the good value for money German Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose 2023 (€12.98), which is a semi-dry, tart and fresh alternative to a simple but delicious pasta. You can find aromas of strawberry, red currant and citrus in the wine.

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