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Caprese Pasta Salad

Light, refreshing and fresh caprese pasta salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and spices and tossed together with pasta noodles.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jessica (swankyrecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound cavatappi pasta
  • cherry / grape tomatoes
  • 8 ounces small mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup (1 ounce) fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • splash of lemon juice
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Instructions

  • Fill large pot with water and 1 tablespoon olive oil then place on stove top over medium high heat. Cook pasta according to directions then rinse under cold water and allow water to drain. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine fresh basil leaves, fresh parsley, Parmesan cheese, 4 tablespoons olive oil, splash of lemon juice and blend until coarsely chopped. Add pepper and salt to taste. Mix pasta, mozzarella cheese balls, tomatoes and basil mixture together until combined well.