This was super easy and super delicious. I just happened to have all the ingredients in my fridge which was rare since I don't normally keep fresh basil and fresh mozzarella around the house. I'm glad I did though because dried basil and regular mozzarella wouldn't have been as good. By the way, unless you grow your own fresh basil I recommend buying it at Trader Joe's. Their's is good and very inexpensive.2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
10-12 cherry tomatoes, washed and cut in half
10-12 large basil leaves
2 large fresh mozzarella balls, diced
1/2 pound pasta of your choice (bowtie, penne, fusilli, etc.)
Set a pot of water on to boil. Add a bit of salt and boil the pasta until al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the tomato halves and cook until they burst and the skins somewhat caramelize. Pour in the drained pasta and stir until combined. Remove from heat and add diced mozzarella and basil. Season with salt and pepper. You can also drizzle a bit of olive oil on top for more flavor.
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