This recipe is quick, easy, and simple. And more importantly, it is pleasing to the taste buds. And you can throw in whatever else you want in there.
The ingredients were spaghetti, tomatoes, basil, black olives, mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
First I got my spaghetti cooked according to the package. Then I cut up the mozzarella balls into chunky pieces.
Then I sliced the olives into halves.
Minced the garlic…
I added the cut-up tomatoes and basil into a medium mixing bowl, as well as the olives and mozzarella cheese. Salted, peppered and drizzled the balsamic vinegar into the bowl.
Mixed it well and set it aside.
Then, in a small sauté pan, I added the olive oil and garlic, and simmered it for a minute. I was in a rush and I thought I could use medium heat to speed it up. Boy I was wrong. I almost ended up with burnt garlic oil! I had to strain the garlic and just used the oil into the spaghetti. So I learned a new lesson here. Do not rush when simmering garlic in oil!
Then I dumped the spaghetti into the bowl…
Added the strained garlic oil into the bowl and tossed it.
Served the spaghetti onto a plate…
And added shredded Parmesan cheese on top…
It was a yummy dinner. Quick, light, and tasty. I’ll definitely make this again. 🙂
Print recipe here.
Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Basil, Olives and Fresh Mozzarella
Recipe courtesy: Quick From Scratch – Italian via Cooking.com
2 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded, chopped
¾ lbs. salted fresh mozzarella, cut into ¼ cubes at room temperature
1¼ cups chopped fresh basil
½ cup halved and pitted black olives
4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 lbs. spaghetti
½ cup olive oil
3 garlic clove, minced
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
In a medium bowl, mix in the chopped tomatoes, basil, olives, cut up mozzarella. Season with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Mix well and set aside.
Prepare spaghetti according to the package’s direction. Put into the bowl, toss well.
In a small sauté pan, drizzle olive oil, and sauté minced garlic in low heat for one minute.
Pour the oil over the pasta and tomato mixture and toss again. Top with shredded Parmesan Cheese and serve.