Presto Pasta: Lighter Pasta Fresca

| July 12, 2007 | 6 Comments

I am a Romano girl. Always have been, always will be. There is almost always a big chunk of Romano from Costco in my fridge, at the ready to be grated, sliced or chopped. Why do I love it? It’s like biting into certainty. That sharp, decisive taste adds dimension to many dishes in my kitchen. But lately, I have been craving something a little more subtle, a little lighter. Parmesan fits the bill in that respect. So, for a little while at least, my chunk of Romano will be substituted with a hunk of Parmesan. Hey, variety is good.

Last night it was just Will and I for dinner. I wanted to cook something and perhaps use the lone tomato I had laying about. But what to do with a perfectly ripened tomato?

I had to stop at the grocery store anyway for milk, so I picked up another lovely red tomato, a chunk of Parmesan, a ball of fresh mozzarella and some chicken prosciutto tortellini. Can you guess what I decided to make?

Pasta Fresca is a favorite of mine, and Will’s as well. We use basil straight from the garden. This is a lighter version than the one I have previously written about here . . . unless you use scrumptious tortellini like I did (more calories than a whole wheat or regular pasta).


Lighter Pasta Fresca
serves 2

1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes
8 leaves basil, chopped
2 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
2 servings pasta, cooking while sauce is cooking
2 tbsp Parmesan, freshly grated

Heat olive oil in small frying pan over medium heat.

Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for one minute.

Stir in diced tomatoes and cover, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes. Stir in basil, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Add mozzarella cubes and stir, quickly removing from heat and turning on to the pasta.

Mix pasta and sauce well. Plate it and garnish with Parmesan.
This post is for Presto Pasta Night, hosted by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast. It’s my first time participating in this fun weekly event.

Category: cheese, pasta

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Ruth Daniels says:

    Gorgeous looking pasta, but not nearly as gorgeous as Will!!!

    Thanks so much for joining the Presto Pasta Night gang. I hope to see you often.

  2. Patti says:

    YUM – making me hungry!

    thanks for sharing another photo of the adorable Will

  3. Tonia says:

    Looks great Sarah. I don’t think we have that tortellini here. Is Presto Pasta Night every Wednesday?

  4. Kevin says:

    I just made this recipe…turned out great. Will be writing about it on my blog this Saturday. Love your blog!

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