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Rotini with Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil

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  • Brief Description

    A charming caprese-style Rotini that’s easy to make and always great with a dash of garlic for extra Italian flavor!

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  • Category:  Pasta

  • Cuisine:  Italian

  • Prep Time:  0 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  25 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

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  • Posted By:  deanna

  • Posted On:  Oct 07, 2013

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  1. 16 ounces - rotini
  2. 1 pints - cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 4 ounces - mozzarella cheese, diced
  4. 4 leaves - fresh basil, cut into strips
  5. 4 tablespoons - olive oil, divided
  6. 1 cloves - garlic, pressed
  7. - Salt and pepper, to taste


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Cook rotini according to package directions, reserving 1 ladle (use standard ladle of 4 oz or 1/2 cup) of cooking water before draining.

Meanwhile, sauté garlic in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until garlic turns slightly golden in color.

Add cherry tomatoes and the reserved pasta cooking water and simmer for 2 minutes.

Drain rotini and toss with the sauce.

Stir in basil, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses immediately before serving.


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