Creamy Pesto Caprese Pasta Casserole

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Creamy Pesto Caprese Pasta Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 4
All of the flavours of a caprese salad including tomatoes, basil pesto and plenty of melted mozzarella in a baked pasta casserole.

Ingredients:

12 ounces pasta
2 cups marinara sauce or your favourite tomato sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano (parmesan) grated
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup pesto
2 cups cherry tomatoes
4 ounces mozzarella, diced
basil leaves to taste

Directions:

Cook the pasta as directed and when it is done mix in the marinara sauce, cream, parmesan, balsamic vinegar, pesto, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake in a preheated 350F oven until bubbling on the sides and golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
Serve topped with julienned basil.

Option: Add sliced grilled chicken.
Option: Omit the heavy cream.

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