Caprese Mac

Belated Fourth, everyone!

I hope you had a lovely time celebrating our nation’s independence and saw your fair share of fireworks ;) I had a good day – went to hot yoga in the morning, had lunch with an upholstery pal, cooked/baked up a storm, and once D got home from work [yes, he had to work], we went over to a yoga friend’s house for the remainder of the night. [Yes, yoga is kind of ruling our lives, but in a totally sweet way.] Anyway, all in all, it was a pretty spectacular way to celebrate the red, white, and blue. I wanted to share with you one of the dishes I whipped together yesterday with some ingredients I had around the house. I don’t know what it is about warm summer weather and the various activities that go with it, but there is nothing I crave more this time of year than to fill my tummy with cold, yummy pasta. I call it [tah-tah-TAH] Caprese Mac!

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Ingredients:

12 ounces tri-color spiral pasta [Wacky Mac is the best.]

1 1/2 cups red wine & olive oil vinaigrette [I grabbed a bottle of my favorite Lifehouse brand dressing.]

20 ciliegine fresh mozzarella balls, dried and quartered

20 cherry tomatoes, washed & quartered

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped and bruised

1 lemon, juiced

salt & pepper

fresh Parmesan, grated

Directions: Heat a pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. [I like mine al dente.] Drain pasta. Transfer the cooked pasta into a large travel friendly bowl [no need to dirty up more dishes than you have to]. Pour the red wine and oil olive vinaigrette over the pasta. Gently mix by taking a wooden spoon down the sides of the bowl, moving the pasta upwards. [This will prevent the pasta from tearing.] Once evenly distributed, pour in the mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and lemon juice. Season the pasta mix with salt and pepper. Gently mix once more. Refrigerate for 2 hours. When you are ready to consume, dust entire dish with Parmesan. Makes 4-6 servings [depending on serving size].

This is a super simple recipe and is pretty much the only kind of dish that sounds good to me when the temperature causes a drop in my appetite libido . . . so, EAT UP!

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