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Easy Pasta Caprese | Hot Side Dish

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Bold flavors of tomato, basil and garlic make up this Easy Pasta Caprese. Perfect for a hot side dish, the vibrant colors and beautiful flavors make up a meal done in mere minutes. You cannot go wrong balancing the hearty filling of pasta with the light taste of tomatoes and olives. It’s a traditional dish that easily converts to a dinner recipe with a few fun additives, so let’s get started on this unique one pan meal now.

Easy Pasta Caprese

While I specialize in side dish recipes (cause lets face it, so much variety there!), much of what I publish can easily be used as a main dish or light vegetarian flare.

This pasta caprese is no exception. Its incredible versatile and makes a great side dish to pair with chicken or pork. Plus pasta is a major comfort food and can be heated up and enjoyed for many days on end. I also love how Italian recipes get better with time, so sticking it in the fridge for another days meal or menus is usually just fine.

Looking for more Caprese Recipes?

Everyone loves an excuse to eat tomatoes and mozzarella! It’s hands down one of my favorite ways to create a recipe, so you will find many caprese choices here on my site.

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Pasta Caprese Recipe

As you will note in the recipe, this pasta Caprese doesn’t have balsamic vinegar or a balsamic drizzle on it, but by all means, right before serving, feel free to drizzle your tomatoes with some homemade balsamic reduction.

  • 1/2 lb angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 dry pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small can, black olives (you can cut if you prefer for different texture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

I think when we hear Caprese we automatically think of a traditional tomato salad mixed with Mozzarella Ciliegine. This pasta caprese, however, is made up of fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, which melts perfectly in the angel hair pasta while also giving a delicious taste.

That doesn’t mean you cannot use fresh mozzarella or mozzarella balls in this dish. In fact, I encourage you to try it out!

I try to think of any excuse in the world to throw cheese on a recipe to be honest.

grape tomatoes being sauted with garlic in a cast iron pan

What to Serve with Pasta Caprese

This recipe is perfect on its own and because of the pasta, is also certain to fill you. That being said, adding grilled chicken or mahi mahi as a main dish works fantastic.

Unfortunately this dish is best served hot because the pasta will stick if served cold.

Tools used to make Pasta Caprese

Making sure you have your kitchen prepped is probably the key to all cooking! I find nothing more frustrating then going through the cabinets trying to locate where my daughter put things after she emptied the dishwasher. Pulling out these things will help you stay focused:

  • Cast Iron Pan – I love cooking with a cast iron pan. I feel like it brings out the flavor of everything and the heat cooks more evenly. I have a variety of “Lodge” cast iron skillet. If this is your first time using, make sure you get a handle cover as well because they heat up.
  • Tongs: Tongs work best to serve and move around thin pastas

How to make Pasta Caprese

Pre-cook your angel hair pasta al dente. No one likes soggy pasta!

In a large cast iron skillet, add garlic, olive oil and grape or cherry tomatoes. This is a one pot, one pan, one skillet dish, so yay!

Cook for 4 minutes on medium heat until garlic begins to brown.

Add chicken broth and olives and simmer for 5 minutes letting all that garlic permeate your kitchen.

add olives to pan with tomatoes and garlic and saute

Stir in your already cooked pasta and salt and mix well.

Heat for an additional 3-5 minutes or until heated through.

Now toss in fresh basil, season with salt and pepper.

 

fresh basil cut up and added to prepared caprese pasta dish

Put in large bowl, top with shredded cheese right before ready to serve.

fresh parmesan cheese added to angel hair pasta caprese

Note: serve with balsamic vinegar reduction on the side for those interested!

Caprese pasta fully prepared in cast iron skillet and ready to serve up as a side dish

 

This recipe is perfect on its own and Pasta Caprese is so freaking good the way it is, but its also really easy to pan fry or grill up some chicken and add on top for a complete main dish meal.

Pasta Caprese with Tomatoes, Basil and Olives

Bold flavors of tomato, basil and garlic make up this Pasta Caprese. Perfect for a hot side dish, the vibrant colors and beautiful flavors make up a meal done in mere minutes.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese, pasta
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb angel hair pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 dry pint grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small can black olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, add garlic, olive oil and tomatoes.
  2. Cook for 4 minutes until garlic begins to brown.
  3. Add chicken broth and olives and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in pasta and salt and mix well.
  5. Heat for an additional 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Stir in basil. T
  6. op with shredded cheese before Serving.

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Lily Ashley militaryfamof8

Now this is a dish I can have again and again! Delicious!