Monday, April 17, 2023

Tomato Angel Hair Pasta and Fior di Latte Salad

 Even though it’s cold today we’ve had weather in the 80’s already this spring. I’m looking forward to more warm weather. With the warm weather I’m always looking for lite meatless meals. This Tomato, Angel Hair Pasta and Fior Di Latte (fresh mozzarella) Salad is a great lite meal. Serves: 6-8 


2 large garlic cloves, finely grated
1 tsp salt
2 lbs assorted small colorful cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cups coarsely chopped Campari tomatoes
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon zest
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup olive oil
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley leaves
2 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp finely minced jalapeño pepper, optional
1 tbsp finely minced shallot
3 tbsp capers, well rinsed
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1.5 lb ball Fior di Latte mozzarella, torn into small pieces
1 lb dried angel hair or capellini 



On a cutting board, using a large heavy knife, mash garlic and salt into a paste, then transfer to a serving bowl. Add cherry tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, oil, pepper, parsley thyme, jalapeño, shallot, capers, basil and Fior di Latte. Mix well to combine and let sit, loosely covered, for about 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

When ready to serve, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain pasta and immediately add it to tomato mixture, tossing to combine. Serve warm.

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