This Caprese pasta uses ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil to create a tasty pasta dish based on the delicious flavors of a Caprese salad. This 30-minute recipe is served warm for an easy, comforting meal.

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If you’ve ever had a traditional Caprese salad, you know that the combination of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil is hard to beat, especially when tomatoes are in peak season! I decided to take those flavors that I love in a salad and turn them into a pasta dish! While I’ve seen variations of this recipe to be served as a cold pasta salad, this pasta dish is served warm. If you want to add more protein to this dish, try adding my tempeh meatballs on top!

caprese pasta ingredients

Caprese Pasta Ingredients

  • Pasta– I recommend using a short, tubular pasta like rigatoni, rotini, or another smaller noodle. You can use traditional pasta or chickpea pasta.
  • Olive oil– This adds a rich flavor to the homemade tomato sauce.
  • Garlic, oregano, & crushed red pepper- These spices add body and flavor to the sauce. I like the spicy flavor of crushed red pepper but if you don’t want to make this dish spicy, you can leave it out.
  • Tomatoes– I used “on the vine” tomatoes but any type of fresh tomato is fine. You can even use cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • Mozzarella– I recommend using fresh mozzarella instead of shredded, as I think the texture of fresh mozzarella is nice in this dish. But you can use shredded if that’s what you’ve got!
  • Basil– A sprinkle of fresh basil is essential for the traditional Caprese salad flavors!

How to Make Caprese Pasta