Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Caprese Pasta

Last weekend, I had a tough long run on my schedule for Saturday morning - 18 miles, including a goal marathon pace finish.

One way to ensure a successful run is to eat a quality dinner the night before. My usual go-to meal the night before a long run or race is plain pasta but that didn't really sound too appetizing. Fortunately, I remembered I had a few tomatoes from my parents garden sitting in my kitchen. I began thinking of ways to use them and voila - Caprese Pasta was born! Mega simple to prepare and all the flavors of summer. Who says pre-run fuel can't be tasty, too? :)

Caprese Pasta

4 oz dry pasta (I used penne rigate)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium roma tomatoes, diced
1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 
8-10 small bocconcini (fresh mozzarella)
Basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta in a saucepan until al dente. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large straight side skillet. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat before adding balsamic vinegar. Cook for another 3-4 minutes then add pasta. Remove from heat and mix until combined.

Divide pasta between two bowls. Top with bocconcini and basil. Salt and pepper to taste.

Tell me: What summer produce do you most look forward to and what's your favorite way to prepare it?

- ST


  1. I love everything about this recipe. Easy and delicious! I am a HUGE asparagus fan and usually I just steam it. I love adding it to salads too.

    1. Yum, I love asparagus, too! A perfect salad topping!

  2. We have such similar tastes for a pre long run meal! I love simple pasta dishes rather than a typical spaghetti dinner before races or a long run. I figure the more simple it is, the better chances I have for it not upsetting my stomach. Have you tried heirloom tomatoes? I love those prepared any way in the summer :)

    1. I have not tried heirloom tomatoes - I bet they are delicious in a simple summer salad though. I'll have to give them a try :)

  3. I need to add mozzarella to my shopping list so I can make this. I love the variety of colors.