Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta*

Summer is coming and I am dreading it. Yes I love the beach. And of course I love a good reason to drink margaritas and wear a sundress…but my electricity bill just arrived and it was $37. I can’t remember that ever happening before! But since we have moved to Jacksonville we have turned on our heater all of 3 times and the air conditioning once. It has been 60′s low and 80′s high for the past couple of months and I am dreading saying goodbye to spring. I know many of you up north are just now getting spring…but in a few weeks, here in Florida, summer will be in full force.

So to keep the feeling of spring going I wanted to make a quick dish that requires little energy and lots of fresh ingredients. And when I came across this ass friendly recipe on Cooking Light, I knew it was meant to be. A delicious fresh pasta in under 10 minutes? I couldn’t have asked for more! I plan on making this long after spring has passed and the hot summer months have spiked my electric bill back up to $200 a month.

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Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta

Recipe Note: I used a delicious Pappardelle pasta that I picked up at my local farmers market. Feel free to use any of your favorite pastas in place of the recommended fettuccine.

Ingredients:

You will need:
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh fettuccine
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, chopped

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; place pasta in a large bowl.

While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and salt; cover and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil and pepper. Add tomato mixture to pasta; toss well to combine. Top with cheese.

Adapted from: Cooking Light

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17 Responses to “Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pasta”

  1. 1

    Paula — March 22, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    Beautiful photo of a lovely looking pasta.

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    notyet100 — March 23, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    as always awesome click,..

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    Happy When Not Hungry — March 23, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    I just made something similar to this last week. Love how fresh all the ingredients are. Yum!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 23, 2011 @ 5:45 am

    That looks delicious, especially for a 10-minute dish!

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    Chiara — March 23, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I don’t envy you. When I lived in Florida I dreaded summer… especially after I received a $417 electric bill one month. Argh. Your pasta looks delicious by the way… can’t go wrong with pasta!

    • Jessica replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

      $417?!?! Ouch!

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    Lainey_Elizabeth — March 23, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    YUM! Looks so good and much healthier than the egg from last week, which I made this weekend and wrote about on my blog today. Thanks for the awesome ideas~

    • Jessica replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

      Ha! Girl, the egg wasn’t all that bad… ;-) LOL! But I’m glad you liked it!

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    jenna laughs — March 23, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I love the simplicity of this. Definitely some of my favorite flavors of all time!

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    DeAnna — March 23, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Didn’t you forget to put a 1 in front of the 37? I think $137 is the lowest our electric bill has ever been. I hate the summer too. Blah!

    • Jessica replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

      No ma’am! It was seriously $37 dollars! So awesome! I even did a happy dance!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — March 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    this pasta looks awesome. i love fresh mozzarella in pasta!

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    Kim — March 23, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    Talk about a fast (and healthy) weeknight meal for those
    on-the-go! Great idea!

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    Lazaro — March 25, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Came across your blog on twitter. Glad I found it. Look forward to following your kitchen adventures here.

    Have a great weekend.

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