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In fact, one of my favorite quotes from my husband is, “She’ll eat pigeon in Paris, but God help you if there are any tomatoes on her salad!”
Yes, I ate pigeon in Paris. And it was delicious.
I love to grow tomatoes, but I generally don’t like to eat them. There are a couple exceptions to this, as there are to most rules in life- one is bruschetta, another is caprese salad, and the last one is pasta. I mean, pasta and tomatoes pretty much go hand in hand.
I used to grow tons of tomatoes growing up12, but I just have not figure out how the heck to garden in Florida. I have honestly pretty much given up- there’s too much humidity, too much sun, not enough rain… I’ve killed too many plants now to keep trying.
Luckily, March is tomato season in Florida (which should give me a hint that I should NOT be trying to grow them in July), so I picked up some great looking grape tomatoes, with the thought that I’d combine two of my “tomato exceptions”- caprese salads and pasta. I loved the way this turned out. The sauce was creamy and tomato-y, and the half-melted mozzarella pearls gave this super- fast dinner the perfect finishing touch.
Creamy Caprese Pasta
- 1 lb farfalle (bowtie) pasta
- Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella pearls (or chopped into 1" pieces
- Salt and Pepper
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta. When al dente, drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, add 1-2 T olive oil to a large, deep saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, saute until the onion is translucent and garlic is golden.
- Add the tomatoes to the pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the cream and half and half; bring a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
- Pour the drained pasta into the sauce and toss together with the basil and half the mozzarella. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella pearls over the top and serve.
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