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Meatless Monday: Creamy caprese spaghetti

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Try a salad-inspired pasta

Turn the flavors of a traditional salad into a fab Meatless Monday pasta dish. You’ll enjoy fresh flavors to twirl up with your favorite spaghetti.

Creamy Caprese spaghetti


We all know how tasty and refreshing a caprese salad can be. I took the ingredients of this traditional salad and turned it into a hearty meal with my Meatless Monday recipe for creamy caprese spaghetti.

Creamy Caprese spaghetti


Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the most delightful dishes. That's how I feel about a caprese salad. Don't you just love them? So why not take the classic flavors of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and turn them into a simple spaghetti dish that will delight? The rose-colored sauce is creamy and rich (I could eat it by itself with a spoon), and it's easy to make.

Creamy Caprese spaghetti


Creamy caprese spaghetti recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 5-6 ounces (or about 1/2 container) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4-6 ounces mini mozzarella balls, cut into quarters
  • 4 large basil leaves, torn, plus extra for garnish

Directions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions and drain when finished.
  2. When there is about 5 minutes left to cook the spaghetti, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. When hot, add the onions and cook for about a minute. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring.
  4. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet along with the cherry tomatoes. Season with the salt and black pepper, and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low.
  5. Add the heavy cream and mix to combine. Add the 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat and toss in the cooked spaghetti, the mozzarella pieces and the torn basil. Toss to combine so the spaghetti is well coated.
  7. The mozzarella pieces will begin to melt slightly in the warm sauce and spaghetti.
  8. Serve immediately and top with additional basil if desired.

Twirl up a fab pasta dish.

More Meatless Monday recipes

Zucchini & corn quesadillas with spicy homemade salsa
Cheesy broccoli & cauliflower bake
Ramen noodles with tempeh and spicy peanut sauce

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