Pasta Caprese Recipe

Tip: Try serving with a fresh green salad drizzled with light vinaigrette dressing.

Pasta Caprese

This pasta dish packs 13 grams of protein and only 342 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving. Recipe yields 4 servings.


8 oz whole-wheat thin spaghetti

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 C fresh basil leaves, rinsed, dried, and cut into 1/8-inch wide slivers

4 large tomatoes, rinsed, cored, and cubed

3 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese (chunk package), cubed

8 pitted olives, cut into long slivers


In a 4 quart saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil over high-heat. Add spaghetti, and cook according to package directions for the shortest recommended time, about six minutes. (Whole-wheat pasta tends to fall apart if overcooked.)

Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, and set aside. Drain spaghetti. Add the spaghetti back to the pasta pot. Toss with the olive oil and just enough reserved water to coat well.

Add the tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olives. Toss gently until well mixed. Divide pasta evenly among four dinner plates (about 2 1/4 cup each). Serve immediately.


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