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.

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

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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+.

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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+).

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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

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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.

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Pour your spicy garlic olive oil over the cooked pasta.

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

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

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

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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. 

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

Night all!

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