Pasta with Chopped Tomatoes, Black Olives, Capers, Fresh Mozzarella
This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I used to eat it almost every Sunday night at Grazie. I also always keep the ingredients in my refrigerator in case I have a craving. This pasta dish is one of the original ones put on the menu in the early 1990’s. I have had many requests for the recipe so I hope you enjoy making at home as much as we enjoyed making it for you at the restaurant. The flavors balance each other so perfectly in this dish. I love the contrast between the sweet grape tomatoes and the salty capers and black olives. I like to use a lot of garlic in this dish. I slice the garlic clove in thin slices and then light brown them in the oil before adding the tomatoes, black olives and capers. The flavors all combine together with the vegetable broth to make the most delicious tomato sauce. This pasta is perfect to serve in the Summer or Winter. It is an interesting take on a vegetarian pasta. Linguine Amalfi also makes great leftovers. My nieces Kayla and Alexa love saving a little so they can reheat it a day or two later. I must admit that I definitely agree with them. The sauce seeps into the pasta and makes it so delicious. If I leave a bowl of Amalfi in my fridge I watch it disappear because my family loves heating up a bit as a snack. You can just spoon some into a bowl and a quick 2 minutes in the microwave and you have lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack.
My lunch the next day. Linguine Amalfi sprinkled with grated parmesan. See how the parmesan sticks to the pasta? So good….
You can prepare this pasta in a matter of minutes and your whole family will enjoy it. I also recommend serving it when you have company coming over. The colors look so beautiful on the plate and the ingredients are vegetarian friendly. I would love to hear your comments.
Linguine with tomatoes, capers, black olives, fresh mozzarella
Course: Main Course, pasta, lunch
Keyword: pasta, vegetarian
1lblinguine – I prefer Rustichella D'abruzzo brand
2 tbspolive oil
4cloves garlic – peeled and sliced thin
1pintyellow and red cherry tomatoes – cut in half
½cupkalamata olives – pitted and cut in half
6ozfresh mozzarella – cut into cubes
4leavesfresh basil – chiffonade
½cuppasta cooking liquid
ground black pepper to taste
Cook linguine according to directions
In a large pan add olive oil
Saute garlic until light brown on both sides
Add tomatoes, capers, basil and olives and saute for a few minutes
Add vegetable broth, pasta liquid, tomato paste, butter and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes
Add linguine and toss well
Add fresh mozzarella, toss and serve
You can buy Rustichella D’abruzzo brand pasta on Amazon but you can use whatever brand you prefer. My nieces, Kayla and Lexie, also love this pasta reheated the next day after the sauce has been absorbed by the pasta. Top the pasta with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese
Lasagna was one of the first dishes I learned to make. I ate a lot of lasagna when I was in college and working late in restaurants. I found it very helpful to make a big lasagna and then refrigerate or freeze it in portions that I could heat up whenever I was hungry and had no time to cook. Lasagna is a great one dish meal and pairs perfectly with a simple salad.
When I got married and had children I continued to make lasagna on a regular basis. I typically make lasagna on Sundays when I never quite know if my kids will have a friend stay for dinner or my Dad may call and want to have dinner. If you make one big lasagna in the afternoon you will have enough for 6 hungry people. If you have fewer people just save it for another night. Lasagna reheats perfectly.
So let’s not overcomplicate this recipe but I insist that you make the lasagna with béchamel and not ricotta cheese. It makes the dish so creamy and delicious. When I was in Italy years ago I had the best lasagna and the owner of the restaurant told me to always make béchamel for your lasagna so since then I do. Try it and you will see why. You can also add pesto or ground beef to this recipe so consider this Lasagna recipe a base for whatever else you would like to add. If you would like to add ground beef and make it lasagna bolognese all you have to do is brown the ground beef, drain the oil and add the tomato sauce to the beef before layering the lasagna. When adding pesto you should mix it with the béchamel or the tomato sauce. You only need a tablespoon or so. I hope you enjoy. Share your comments!