Mozzarella Tomato Pasta Recipe

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Mozzarella Tomato Pasta is another must-make classic summer salad when I have fresh vine-ripened tomatoes available.  This is a perfect way to use some of the tomatoes in your garden or from your local farmers’ market.  Depending on my mood, I sometimes do not add the avocados to this dish, and sometimes I do!  The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.   I usually make this Mozzarella Tomato Pasta several time during the summer.  I serve this salad to my family and also serve it to guests.  Everyone seems to love it!

My husband said this Mozzarella Tomato Pasta is a DEFINITE winner!  It is so easy to make and so good.

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Mozzarella Tomato Pasta


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Mozzarella Tomato Pasta Recipe:

Fresh Mozzarella Penna Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


3 medium tomatoes or 5 to 6 Roma tomatoes, peeled and diced*
avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced (optional)
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup coarsely-chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon coarse salt
Freshly-ground black pepper
1 teaspoons crushed red pepper or to taste
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes**
1 (16-ounce) package uncooked penna pasta***
Freshly-grated parmesan cheese

* Learn How To Peel Fresh Tomatoes.

** Purchase Fresh Mozzarella CheeseMozzarella Cheese Making Kits, and Mozzarella Cheese Slicers at What's Cooking America's Cooking Store.  

NOTE:  I found, from experience, that if you add the mozzarella cheese in the marinade at the beginning, if seem to get tough.

*** I also have made this recipe with linguini pasta.



In a large bowl, toss fresh  with tomatoes, avocados, garlic, olive oil, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper.  Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

After the tomato mixture has marinated and just before serving, add the mozzarella cheese cubes.  

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan to keep warm.  Learn How To Cook Pasta Properly.

Add prepared tomato mixture to the cooked pasta and toss to coat thoroughly.

Transfer onto individual serving plates and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.

Makes 4 servings.


Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Penna Pasta

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