Baked Cheesy Caprese Pasta, 10 points+

by DanicasDaily on June 29, 2012

Happy Friday all!  There is just something about summer that makes me feel like I cannot get enough of all the super sweet fruits and crunchy vegetables.  I was totally thinking this morning that I could eat a big bowl of fruit like this all summer long and never get tired of it.


I resisted the urge to eat Pigs in a Blanket and went with just a Morning Star Maple Veggie Sausage (2 points+).


Mid morning The Husband brought me a Venti Iced Dirty Coconut Coffee ~ (Iced Coffee with 1 pump coconut and 1 pump mocha with a splash of 1/2 & 1/2) ~ 2 points+.


On our way back from my appointment, we stopped by Vasquez for spicy crunchy chicken tacos!

It’s been too long since we have had these ~ I forgot how amazing that homemade crunchy corn tortilla is with their spicy hot chicken. (10 points+).


I really wish I could take credit for tonight’s dinner because it is absolutely amazing. If you are a fan of caprese pasta or cheesy roasted tomatoes, then, you have to try it!

I saw this recipe for Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes that I knew I had to make.


Preheat your oven to broil and get ready to make this 15 minute dinner.

While your Barilla Plus Pasta cooks according to the packaged directions, prep all the pasta toppers.


You start out by slicing 3 big tomatoes and sprinkle them with sea salt and black pepper.


Sprinkle all the tomatoes evenly with 8 oz part skim mozzarella and 1/4 cup shaved parmesan.


Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is completely golden and bubbly.  It seriously took everything in me to not scoop one off the plate and eat it right there!


Roughly chop up about a cup of basil (this is from our garden!)


Heat the olive oil with garlic over medium heat with crushed red pepper flakes for 1-2 minutes or until slightly fragrant.  This is an important step so you do not end up eating raw garlic.


Pour your spicy garlic olive oil over the cooked pasta.


Toss with almost all of the basil (reserving a little for topping), then, sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.


“Build” your cheesy baked caprese pasta bowl by placing 1 cup or 2 oz of the cooked pasta in a large bowl.


Add 2 HUGE cheesy baked tomatoes and sprinkle with the remaining basil and a few shaved parmesan flakes.


The one change I made was to make this 6 servings versus 4 for 10 points+ each. 

This recipe is completely delicious the way it is, however, I think finishing with a balsamic drizzle would put it over the top phenomenal!

This was totally worth heating up the house on a warm summer day for a few minutes.

The sweet tomatoes literally melt into the pasta and that cheesy topping is better than cheese on pizza.  You get a little heat from the crush red pepper flakes and garlic. 


We have a pretty full weekend planned and I cannot wait for it to begin.

Night all!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats June 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Danica, I absolutely love caprese so this pasta dish looks like a must try! Thanks for always sharing such wonderful recipes!

P.s. really did go out and get Kodiak Pancake mix thanks to you, can’t wait to try it in the morning!


DanicasDaily July 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

That is awesome Robyn! :)


LaKendra June 30, 2012 at 4:13 am

Can’t wait to try this! Yum!


Andrea June 30, 2012 at 4:45 am

How are things going w weight watchers?


DanicasDaily July 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hi Andrea,

Things with Weight Watchers are going good. I missed out on my weigh in while we were in Las Vegas, but, I am really excited to get back to my meeting this week. I am having fun with Simply Filling and think the scale is going to show great results.

Thanks for asking,



Gail H. July 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

Oh my…I have got to try this one!! My mouth is watering :)


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