Caprese Pasta - Fresh Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil

From Pasta Making 101

Makes enough for 1 lb of pasta

Ingredients:

1 lb of your favorite pasta (long or short) cooked according to package directions

3 medium ripe tomatoes or 1 cup grape tomatoes

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large garlic clove, minced

20 basil leaves, julienned

8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into very small dice

Balsamic reduction (optional)

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Instructions:

Cut the grape tomatoes into quarters or chop the tomatoes into small dice and place them in a large bowl. Stir in the oil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the basil leaves and toss gently.

Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl. Gently toss to coat the pasta. Add the mozzarella and toss again.
Finish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction, if desired.