Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
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Pasta Caprese

Amy served this dish as a cold pasta salad by rinsing the noodles in cold water. This recipe is actually from Mary Heitkemper, a creative artist and small batch baker in Tosa. It was featured in one of her newsletters, Art Garage. Follow Mary on Pinterest!


3/4 c. olive oil

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. chopped fresh basil

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 lb. Roma or plum tomatoes chopped

1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese in 1/2" cubes (I used the pre-packaged balls because I am lazy)

1 lb. pasta of your choice


In a large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with tomato mixture, allowing mozzarella to melt slightly. Serve warm with fresh grated parmesan.

Pairing Suggestion:

This fresh Italian pasta salad would go perfect with our current October book selection, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.


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