15 Minute Meal: Caprese Pasta Skillet

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on October 16, 2012

I couldn’t help but share one more summery dish even though my poor tomato plants are all done now.  I actually made this for dinner one night, not even thinking to take pictures.  It was way too dark by then anyways – I’m already missing the summer light!  But it turned out so delicious I had to make it again to share with you 🙂

I made a ton of pesto to freeze this summer, but unfortunately I’m already thinking it wasn’t enough 🙁  I just love it too much!  Next year – way more pesto!  I’m guessing a store bought pesto would be fine, but you really can’t beat homemade when it comes to pesto.

I also keep already roasted garlic in the freezer to use whenever I feel the need… If you don’t have any already made, you could just add a clove or two of fresh garlic and saute for a minute before continuing with the recipe for some extra garlicyness… if you like that kind of thing 😉

This recipe also halves really easily.   It’s not quite as good reheated so I’d recommend scaling it back if you don’t want any left over.

As much as I’m holding onto summer with these kinds of dishes I think it’s finally time to move onto fall.  It’s been so hot until recently that I’ve barely even thought of warm comforting fall dishes, but now that it’s cold…  Bring on the apples and pumpkin!

See you soon with some more fall inspired dishes 🙂

15 Minute Meal: Caprese Pasta Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 head of roasted garlic
  • 1/3 - 1/2 C pesto
  • 1 C grated mozzarella
  • 1 375 g box whole wheat penne cooked until al dente in well salted water
  • 2 pint sized containers cherry tomatoes halved
  1. Cook the pasta until al dente according to the directions on the box and drain when done. In a skillet, warm the oil and break up the roasted garlic. Add in the already cooked pasta, pesto and mozzarella and gently warm until the pesto is warm and the mozzarella is melted. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Inspired by Iowa Girl Eats.



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1 Heather October 31, 2012 at 12:17

I feel the same way about my tomato sauce as you do your pesto – I don’t think I made nearly enough and I doubled my batch from what i made last year! I had wanted to make pesto but never got around to it 🙁


2 Gosia October 30, 2012 at 17:29

Such a lovely dish… and you gotta admire the ingenuity of adding some roasted garlic. Thank you for the hint!


3 Gourmandelle October 22, 2012 at 13:02

Delicious! I’ll try it tomorrow 🙂


4 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 20, 2012 at 09:30

So pretty! I would happily eat this without the tomatoes. And yes, I think it’s time to move onto fall things. 🙂 Bring on the pumpkin and apples!


5 Faith October 17, 2012 at 13:02

Looks wonderful and I have some pesto in my freezer — need to make this! 🙂


6 neha October 17, 2012 at 10:30

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7 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 17, 2012 at 10:18

My remaining tomatoes are all sitting on my countertop–I’m hoping they’ll ripen! And if they do, I might just have to make this. I love a good easy pasta meal.


8 Julia October 17, 2012 at 08:11

I made something like this recently and loved it!! It is such an easy, flavor packed meal. Great post!


9 Joanne October 17, 2012 at 07:18

Love the simplicity of this. Such a great weekday meal idea!


10 Kathryn October 17, 2012 at 03:06

This is such a lovely quick evening meal. Gorgeous flavours!


11 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 16, 2012 at 17:18

This looks AWESOME!! I love quick and easy dinners that don’t require very many ingredients 🙂


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