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.