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30 Minute Caprese Pasta Skillet

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30 Minute Caprese Pasta Skillet mixes fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, pasta and mozzarella to make a quick 30 minute meal that the whole family will love.  Perfect dish to use up your summer garden tomatoes and basil!

Caprese Pasta Skillet

When my husband and I traveled to Italy a year ago we were reminded why we love the combination of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.   In Italy we often started a meal with caprese salad and bruschetta and were never disappointed.

Caprese Pasta Skillet

In Italy the caprese tastes even better than here in the states.  Maybe it is the atmosphere mixed with the fresh produce they have on hand at their markets?  I think one of my favorite things about Italy was the abundance of fresh markets they have.  Instead of going to the grocery store once a week many Italians to go the market every day or every other day to busy fresh produce, cheese and breads.  I wish our culture was more like this!

Today’s 30 Minute Caprese Pasta Skillet was inspired by our trip to Italy.  When I make it I think back to the wonderful food, wine and scenery that we experienced there.  This dish is the perfect recipe for those busy summer days after a day at the pool or beach when you want to get a flavorful, fresh dish on the table in under 30 minutes.

Caprese Pasta Skillet

I make this recipe vegetarian but you can easily add grilled chicken to it if you want.  I also like to add some crushed red pepper to kick up the spice a bit but that is optional.

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Caprese Pasta Skillet {Vegetarian}

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


Caprese Pasta Skillet mixes fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, pasta and mozzarella to make a quick 30 minute meal that the whole family will love. Perfect dish to use up your summer garden tomatoes and basil!



  • 6 oz linguine
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into chunks
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Cook pasta according to box, drain water reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water when done and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat the 6 Tablespoons olive oil and saute the tomatoes for two minutes. Add the garlic and oregano. Continue sauteing until the tomatoes are soft.
  3. Add in the reserved pasta water and simmer for an additional 1 minute stirring to combine.
  4. Add the pasta, basil and mozzarella and heat on low stirring until the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and crushed red pepper flakes (optional).
  5. Serve warm garnished with fresh chopped basil.


Add grilled chicken to add protein to this dish.

For more Italian inspired dishes check out my Italia Pinterest board!

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Friday 13th of January 2017

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Stefanie Lightner

Monday 8th of February 2016

Two words. Very easy! This pasta was so easy to make. Very fresh, however, I want to make it again in the summer when the tomatoes are more in season. This meal only took me about 30 minutes to make which is awesome for workdays. I will definitely make it again.

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

Wednesday 4th of June 2014

This pasta looks so amazing! I want this tonight!


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

Thanks Jocelyn! :)

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Wednesday 4th of June 2014

Stunning! Such a gloriously fresh combination of flavors that are always, always delicious together! My husband and I were in Italy a number of years ago for my brother's wedding, and I have amazing memories of how fantastic the simple, fresh meals tasted in the open air of their beautiful Tuscan countryside! What a perfect recipe for recreating those memories! Pinning for sure! Thanks, Julia! :D


Wednesday 4th of June 2014

Thanks Shelley! Tuscany is really one of the most beautiful places. Everything tastes so much better there. :) That is amazing that your brother got married there--what a dream wedding!

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

Love, love, love! This is the best combination of ingredients in all combinations of ingredients! EVER! I love that this is in one pot.


Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

;) Thanks Stefanie!