Recipe: Quick Pasta Caprese

This is a fast recipe that lets you make a classy, tasty dish quickly – and you can do it with ingredients many of us keep around anyway.  This is for a single serving, so scale accordingly.  It also makes a decent meal without a side dish.

For the pasta:

2-3 oz dried pasta.


  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (or about 1/2 of shredded basil)
  • 1/8 tbsp pepper
  • a few dashes salt (3-4)
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese (optional for vegans, but it’s not true caprese without cheese – that being said I don’t use the cheese much myself)

(note, you can leave out the tomato and have a rather tasty coating for 2 servings pasta)

  1. Mix olive oil, basil, pepper, salt, garlic, and cheese.
  2. Add tomato to mix, coat thoroughly.  Let sit at least 15 minutes in the fridge to allow flavors to blend)
  3. Cook pasta and drain thoroughly.
  4. Mix pasta with tomato mix, serve.