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Simple Caprese Pasta Bake

Simple caprese pasta bake in white ceramic dish

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This simple caprese pasta bake is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal! It's a warm and melty version of a summer classic -- the caprese salad.

Ingredients

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  • 8 oz. dry pasta
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional) + olive oil for sautéing
  • 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, some halved
  • 1/2 - 1 cup basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella, chopped (more if desired)
  • olive oil for baking
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and drizzle some olive oil into a 9x13-inch baking dish (slightly smaller will work).
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. If using, sauté onion for a few minutes in some olive oil until softened (you can do this while the pasta is boiling).
  3. Combine pasta, onion, tomatoes, basil, and 1 cup of the mozzarella in the baking dish. Give it a couple stirs to distribute ingredients evenly. Then, spread remaining cup of mozzarella evenly across the top. Sprinkle with a salt, pepper, and more fresh basil if desired.
  4. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until tomatoes start to collapse and cheese is completely melted and bubbling.

Keywords: simple caprese pasta bake, gluten free, high protein, vegetarian, chickpea pasta