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Layered Pasta Caprese Salad

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Layered Pasta Caprese Salad
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 10
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Bet you didn't think caprese could get any better. Well it does, in this layered beauty that includes pasta and a cool balsamic reduction.

Ingredients

3
tablespoons salt
1
lb uncooked orecchiette (tiny disk) pasta
3
cups 1/2" marinated bocconcini, drained and marinating liquid reserved
Olive oil, if necessary
1
lb red heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1
lb yellow or orange heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup balsamic vinegar
3
cups basil leaves

Directions

  • 1 In large stockpot, heat 3 quarts water to boiling. Add 3 tablespoons salt; return to boiling. Add pasta; cook as directed on package. Drain and cool slightly, then toss with 1 cup of the reserved marinating liquid from the bocconcini (if there is less than 1 cup marinating liquid, add enough olive oil to liquid to make 1 cup). Refrigerate to cool completely.
  • 2 Place tomatoes on ungreased baking pan with sides, divided by color; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside 15 minutes, then pat dry with paper towels.
  • 3 In 1-quart saucepan, heat balsamic vinegar to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Set aside to cool.
  • 4 In 3 1/2-quart trifle dish or large glass bowl, layer as follows: Gently layer half of the pasta, then one-third of the basil leaves, then one layer of all the red tomatoes. Top the tomatoes with the bocconcini, then the rest of the pasta, another one-third of the basil, then the yellow tomatoes. Drizzle with the cooled balsamic vinegar.
  • 5 Shred remaining basil, and sprinkle on top.
Tips  

If you can find yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, consider subbing the small guys, along with their red counterparts, and skip the slicing part of the recipe altogether.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
660
(
Calories from Fat
260
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
44%
(
Saturated Fat
17g
86%
,
Trans Fat
1/2g
)
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Sodium
880mg
37%
Potassium
520mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
66g
22%
(
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
,
Sugars
8g
)
Protein
35g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
70%
70%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 2 1/2 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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