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Pasta Caprese

Italian Dinner Pasta Caprese

Pasta Caprese

hands-on time: 15 minutes

tools:
• knife & cutting board
• measuring spoons
• large serving bowl
• spoon
• kitchen scissors
• pasta pot

start-to-eat time: 25 minutes

kids kitchen skills:
• measuring
• stirring
• working at the stovetop

note Grown-up steps and notes

Have the kids help you whip up dinner tonight with this easy Italian recipe. Top your favorite pasta with a simple caprese sauce of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Dinner's ready!

ingredients

• ½ pound fresh mozzarella
• Small bunch of fresh basil
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 (1-pound) box pasta
• Freshly grated parmesan cheese

step-by-step
1. Cut the mozzarella into bite-size pieces and place in a large serving bowl.
2. Snip the basil leaves with clean scissors and measure about ⅓ cup into the bowl.
3. Add the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and salt to the bowl. Stir well and add more salt to taste. Set aside while you cook the pasta to let the flavors blend together.
4. note Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, then toss the warm noodles with the mozzarella and tomatoes.
5. Serve in bowls and pass the parmesan cheese!

Makes 4