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Finish off Your Year Right With Cafe Sicilia's Baked Pasta Caprese

Dec 21, 2015 01:26PM ● Published by Kevin

Cafe Sicilia - Arlington, TX brings one last recipe to our readers for 2015. Check out this delicious rendition of baked pasta caprese below.

Ingredients

12 oz  dry penne or orecchiette pasta

2 to 3 cups marinara sauce (preferably  the excellent marinara from Cafe Sicilia!)

salt and black pepper  to taste

a generous pinch of red pepper flakes

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn or shredded. Extra for garnish.

8 oz fresh mozzarella (about 2 balls or more if you like!) half sliced into rounds and half cubed

1 1/2  cups freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided

Method

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain, reserving a little of the pasta water.  Put the marinara sauce in a large non stick pot and heat over low heat, add the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the pasta and stir carefully to coat the pasta with sauce. Add  3/4 of the grated Mozzarella, the cubed mozzarella and the fresh basil. If necessary thin the sauce with the pasta water by adding a little at a time.Put the pasta in a large buttered  oven proof dish. Top with the remaining parmesan and sliced fresh mozzarella cheese. Place in the center of the oven and broil for about 5 min until the cheese has melted and starts to brown.  Keep a close eye on it so that it does not burn!

Garnish with addition basil leaves.

This is a great lunch dish or as a side with grilled veal chops!

Buon Appetito!

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