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Baked Caprese Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil

Ripe tomatoes brighten this dish made from simple ingredients that are easily assembled and baked until bubbling and fragrant.

September 21st, 2012

Recipe by Paula Bowman

Serves 4
Prep Time
Prep Time: 15minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for oiling dish
  • 1 lb uncooked rigatoni pasta
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup 35% cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender but firm to the bite, about 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4-cup cooking liquid.

  3. Meanwhile, set a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add tomatoes and garlic and cook, stirring often until tomatoes are starting to break down, about 3-5 minutes. Break large pieces into smaller chunks with the use of a wooden spoon.

  4. Remove tomato mixture from heat and toss with pasta, mozzarella and basil. Thin out sauce, if necessary, with reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and transfer to prepared casserole dish.

  5. Pour cream over top of dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven until bubbling and golden brown on top, about 15-20 minutes.

Baked Caprese Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil
Photography by Carlo Mendoza

2 responses to “Baked Caprese Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil”

  1. Trish says:

    This was a big hit in our house. Only suggestions I would make : play with the quantity of the ingredients, this dish could turn super bland with too much pasta and mozzarella (I used less pasta, more mozzarella, basil and tomatoes and garlic) also we drizzled balsamic glaze on the finished dish and it completed the desired caprese taste. Overall pretty easy to make and delicious.

  2. Angela McCart says:

    I made this with spaghetti squash instead of rigatoni and it was amazing!

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