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.
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
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.