The season of summer is upon us and it’s time to get real with cooking. Summer is about fast and easy recipes so that we can spend doing more of what we love and less time doing dishes.
Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when the outside is beckoning us to play in our gardens, and with our kids? I am all about the ease of preparation when it comes to a recipe and my latest find has me tossing my pasta pots out and using my microwave instead!
Head to your produce section and stock up on the ingredients I am about to share with you, and you are on your way to an easy Caprese pasta salad. It’s time to lavishly live food out loud, with fast preparation and delicious eats, who’s in?
Easy Caprese Pasta Salad
Head to your local produce department and pick up fresh grape tomatoes, and a basil plant. The basil plant will be something you will use again and again for your summer meals and grape tomatoes are the perfect way to make a Caprese salad especially if you have those that love the fresh mozzarella and the basil but not the tomatoes. The tomatoes are easy to remove leaving no seeds and no residue! (think picky eaters and guests that don’t like all foods, we all have our preferences)
You now the hardest part of a Caprese Pasta Salad is generally boiling the pasta, without over boiling it and then, of course, cooling it immediately, rinsing and draining. This takes time and energy that busy families often don’t have. Stop the madness, I have found something so much better and I will share the secret with you.
This package of pasta requires no boiling, pots, pans, dishes, or draining! In fact, all you need is a microwave and 60 seconds.
Just knead the package a bit ( I call it a massage) and then tear the top open where it tells you to.
Things You Want To Know about Barilla Pasta Ready
Barilla Ready Pasta is a new product innovation being introduced into the pasta category. When you prepare this pasta in 60 seconds in the microwave it provides you al dente pasta with no need for boiling water or draining. I love this. The Barilla Ready Pasta does not require refrigeration and it is perfect for travel, snacks, meals, dorms, vacation homes, etc.
What you won’t find inside of the pasta is too many ingredients, in fact, there is a total of 3 ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and no preservatives and non-GMO ingredients.
Who’s ready for the fresh and light recipes that offer up plenty of nutrition without sacrificing quality?
Easy Caprese Pasta Salad
1/4 C Olive Oil
6-8 Basil leaves (rinsed and dried)
1 Pint Grape Tomatoes (or Cherry Tomatoes)
12 small fresh mozzarella balls
1 Tsp. Of Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Bag of Barilla Ready Pasta
Get your ingredients set up ahead
Prepare your pasta according to the directions on the bag (knead then open and microwave)
Now all the ease of preparation begins.
Upon completion of cooking ( a whopping 60 seconds), place pasta into a bowl.
Add in Basil ( leave whole)
Add in Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
Add in Olive Oil
Spritz with Fresh Ground Pepper
Mix & Serve
It’s easy to create, delicious to dine on and the ingredients are readily available and simplistic in nature. Lavishly live food out loud and indulge in Easy Caprese Salad. ! ~ Dana