Finish off Your Year Right With Cafe Sicilia's Baked Pasta CapreseDec 21, 2015 01:26PM ● 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.
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
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!