One Pot Linguine alla Caprese

One-Pot Linguine alla Caprese

A few weeks ago I received a free trial of one of those food delivery services. I was excited to see bruschetta on the menu. I made the appetizer-sized portions thinking the kids would never dare try them and the hubby and I would have a nice little treat all to ourselves. But sadly that was not meant to be. Turns out my kids LOVE bruschetta. They ate every last bite, aside from the little taste I had while I was seasoning the dish with salt and pepper.

The girls had asked me a few times to pick up the ingredients so they could make bruschetta again. So when I saw some particularly yummy-looking artisan tomatoes on sale last week, I picked up a several pints, along with some fresh French bread. Got home from the store, dropped off the groceries and ran back out to pick up one of the girls from an after school activity. When I got back 15 minutes later the French bread was completely gone. The hubby and kids had gotten into it and ate the whole 36 inch loaf!

One-Pot Linguine alla CapreseWith dinnertime looming, I had to scramble to figure out what to cook and it needed to be something fairly quick and easy because I was going to a movie with a friend in less than an hour. Then I remembered a recipe a friend shared with me a while ago for a one-pot caprese pasta that sounded really good and used pretty much the exact same ingredients as the bruschetta. I searched up the recipe, printed it out, and started cooking.

Surprisingly, the recipe was as easy to make as it sounded, AND it smelled amazing. The fragrance drew all the kids, one-by-one, into the kitchen. “Something smells yummy! What’s for dinner?”

I was super excited to taste it. I followed the directions, tossing the mozzarella in with the hot pasta and seasoned it just so. I used our wonderful OXO Good Grips Nylon Spaghetti Server to dig in to the pan and brought up a big molten clump of cheese. Unfortunately, from the heat of the pasta, the mozzarella chunks melted into one globby mess. Other than the muddled mozzarella, the pasta was delicious!

Did some research later and learned a little trick to keep the mozzarella from getting globby and chewy: freeze it for about 10 minutes before adding it to the hot pasta. The mozzarella will thaw to perfection from the heat of the pasta and you will not have a big glob of cheese at the bottom of your pan.

I’ve made this a few times now and each time I have improved on the dish. I really like balsamic vinegar, so I add probably 1/4 cup or more to the pasta. You can adjust this to your own taste; if you want to make it really sing, drizzle a balsamic reduction over the pasta. Don’t be like me and forget to garnish with Parmesan cheese. That little touch really brings the flavor to another level of deliciousness.

The kids favorite variation is when I omit the balsamic vinegar and add about 3-4 tablespoons of tomato pesto. It is scrumptious and we will definitely be making that version again very soon.

This truly is a one-pot, super simple recipe. Just throw everything into the pan and let the magic happen!

One-Pot Linguine alla Caprese

One-Pot Linguine alla Caprese

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One Pot Linguine alla Caprese

What is your favorite one-pot recipe?

Comments 22

  1. That One-Pot Linguine all Caprese looks super delicious. I’m a big pasta and Linguine fan so I’ll definitely have to try this our for myself soon.

  2. I have never done anything with that spaghetti sauce before believe it or not. This looks a heck of a lot tastier than what I have made in the past so I’m going to try it.

  3. That’s pretty awesome. I am loving all these pasta recipes that fellow bloggers are posting lately. I’m a huge fan of pasta! I wouldn’t mind giving this recipe a try, it looks so easy to make.

  4. I have never made a dish like this before. The one pot linguine alla caprese looks so delicious and it is so easy to make. I am going to be making this for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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