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Baked Pasta with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
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Cherry Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pasta

The classic combination of  burst tomatoes and fresh melted mozzarella come together in this delicious pasta dish.
Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword Mozzarella, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author OliveTomato.com

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 10-12 ounces (320-350 g) cherry tomatoes washed and halved
  • ½ cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces (115 g) fresh mozzarella
  • 9 ounces (250 g) uncooked pasta tagliatelle, spaghetti, fettucine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add a whole garlic clove, then add the cherry tomatoes, the basil leaves and a pinch of salt. Sauté for about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender.
  • Cook the pasta in plenty of water with a pinch of salt for the amount of time indicated on the package.
  • Drain the mozzarella and cut or rip in pieces, if using small mozzarella ball leave as is or cut in half.
  • Once the pasta is ready, drain it and empty in in the pan with the tomato sauce, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, mixing well.
  • Transfer to a casserole dish suitable for cooking in the oven, spread the pasta-tomato sauce mixture. Place the mozzarella on the surface and bake at 400 °F (200 C) for about 5-7 minutes and turn on broil for 2-3 minutes until the mozzarella has melted.
  • Remove from the oven, add a basil leaf and some freshly ground pepper and a pinch of kosher salt and serve immediately.