When it's too hot to spend much time in the kitchen, make your family some pasta that is fast, easy, and oh-so-good! Plus, it's so good for you!
3/4 to 1 pound package radiatore, farfalle, or fusilli pasta
3-4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
3-4 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 - 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
16 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
1/2 cup pasta water, optional
Splash of extra-virgin olive oil
Note: You can also add a splash of white balsamic vinegar at the end for an extra "zip."
Note: If you want, you can use one can diced tomatoes, instead of the fresh. Also, diced zucchini added with the tomatoes makes a lovely addition of crunch and flavor. Sometimes I add boneless, skinless Smart Chicken that I have roasted in the oven and then cubed.
Note: Use 3/4 pound pasta if your family likes more sauce than pasta.
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