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Easy Pasta Caprese | Hot Side Dish

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Dive into the simplicity and elegance of Italian cuisine with this Capellini Caprese recipe. Perfect for those who love the fresh flavors of a classic Caprese salad and the comfort of a warm pasta dish.

caprese pasta in tongs.

Why You’ll Love This Hot Side Dish

Quick and Easy: With a total preparation and cooking time of under 20 minutes, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights.

Versatile: Serve it as a hot side dish or a main course, adaptable to your dining needs. This recipe is easy to double. 

Capellini Caprese Recipe


  • 1/2 lb. Angel Hair Pasta (Capellini), cooked and drained.
  • Two tablespoons of virgin olive oil
  • Two tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • One dry pint of grape tomatoes, halved.
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • One small can of black olives, drained.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

How to make Pasta Caprese for a Hot Side

Sauté Garlic and Tomatoes: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add minced garlic and halved grape tomatoes.

Sauté for about 4 minutes or until the garlic slightly browns.

grape tomatoes and garlic in a cast iron pan.

Simmer with Broth and Olives: Pour the chicken broth and add the drained black olives to the skillet.

Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

stirring tomatoes and olives with a wooden spoon.

Combine with Pasta: Add the cooked angel hair pasta to the skillet, sprinkling in the salt for seasoning.

Toss well to ensure the pasta is evenly coated with the tomato and olive mixture. Continue heating for 3-5 minutes or until the pasta is thoroughly heated.

basil leaves being added to cast iron pan.

Garnish and Serve: Remove the skillet from heat and gently stir in the chopped fresh basil.

Serve the pasta in bowls or on a serving platter, topped with a generous sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

hot side dish in a cast iron pan, caprese dish.

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.

How can I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a microwave or stovetop, adding a splash of water or chicken broth to moisten the pasta.

angel hair pasta with tomatoes, full olives, and parmesan cheese in a cast iron pan.

What to Serve with Pasta Caprese

This recipe is perfect on its own and is sure to fill you up because of the pasta. 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. That doesn’t mean you can’t serve it cold (still tastes good), the pasta will just be clumped.

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4.34 from 6 votes

Capellini Caprese – Hot Pasta Side Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Garlic Tomato Basil Angel Hair Pasta. 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.


  • cast iron pan


  • 1/2 lb Angel Hair or Capellini 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
  • 6 oz. black olives whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Prepare the pasta: Start by cooking 1/2 lb. of angel hair pasta according to the package instructions. Remember to drain it well once it's cooked.
  • Sauté garlic and tomatoes: In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic and 1 dry pint of halved grape tomatoes. Cook for about 4 minutes, or until the garlic starts to brown.
  • Add broth and olives: Pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and add the olives from 1 small can. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Combine with pasta: Add the cooked and drained angel hair pasta to the skillet along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix everything together well.
  • Final heating: Continue to heat the mixture for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until everything is heated through.
  • Incorporate basil: Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil for a fresh flavor.
  • Garnish with cheese: Just before serving, top the pasta with 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.


Angel Hair vs. Capellini – Angel hair pasta is slightly thinner than capellini, making it ideal for light sauces and quick cooking, as in this recipe. Capellini, being a bit thicker, can handle slightly heavier sauces but still pairs well with delicate ingredients.


Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Lily Ashley militaryfamof8 says:

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

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