Simple and so very easy, there truly is no reason not to make this. I found some marinated mozzarella balls, called Bocconcini on sale the other day and I couldn't pass them up. I wanted to make a simple and light pasta dish because not only is it still in the low 100's here, but I'm working way too many hours and don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. This was the perfect solution for those problems. And, if you can't find marinated Bocconcini or can't find even regular Bocconici, you can substitute regular, fresh mozzarella - just cut it into small bite size chunks and let them soak in a little flavored olive oil if you like. That would work just as well in this case.
Penne with Marinated Bocconcini, Tomatoes and Basil
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
10oz Penne pasta
1 cup Bocconcini marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices, quartered
2 Tablespoons olive oil from marinated Bocconcini
1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 garlic cloves, blanched and finely minced
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Add the Bocconcini, olive oils, cherry tomatoes and garlic. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper. Add the basil at the last moment and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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