Creamy Caprese Pasta

 Last night Brandon and I had a Monday night date (at home). We had wine, we had laughs, and we had super satisfied bellies!

 We made a super simple recipe, which contained REAL ingredients, and is sure to appease even the hungriest appetite; Creamy Caprese Pasta by Jessica from How Sweet It Is Blog. I know I showcase A LOT of Jessica’s recipes but her pictures are totally insane and leave me drooling every time I visit!

I mean, really. Doesn't that look incredible?

photo courtesy of Jessica from How Sweet It Is.

Start by making a BIG salad to coincide with this delicious pasta dish!

Boil some 100% whole wheat penne.
Make sure to use good quality cheese!!

Make the sauce....

Throw everything together...(another of Jessica's photos. obviously.)

Pour in a dish and bake until it looks like this...we didn't use that much cheese, so mine never looked quite like that!

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Plate and enjoy! [Now scroll back up and look at Jessica's photo (I didn't even want to show my photo) because you WILL end up printing out this recipe and trying it tonight!

The only thing I changed in this recipe was adding more sauce! I felt like there just wasn’t enough to make it creamy, so I doubled the sauce recipe and used as much as I needed to coat. I had about 1/2 cup leftover after doubling the sauce! 

Creamy Caprese Pasta

Recipe from Jessica.

  • 1 lb 100% whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup organic heavy cream (I’m an organic kind of girl)
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed (GOOD QUALITY! Kraft won’t cut it!)
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes (even better if you can get them from your garden or local Farmers’ Market!)
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Boil noodles according to package directions.

Meanwhile, chop up your veggies and cheese and also make a BIG salad! Then heat your tomato sauce over low heat until warm; add cream and parmesan cheese. Stir well.

Once pasta is finished, drain and pour sauce over the noodles. Then add the mozzarella and basil. Stir well. In a 9 x 9″ baking dish, pour the pasta and sprinkle with more mozzarella and parmesan cheese (as you like). Bake ~20-25 mins. Plate and top with more basil, as you wish!

Nutritional Profile: This is a dish that was meant to be eaten mindfully and savored to the very last bite. Scoop yourself a small bowl, eat a big salad, have 4 oz of wine…and don’t think twice about it! That’s my kind of indulgence!

QUESTION: What is YOUR favorite indulgence?

 

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