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Crunchy Caprese Salad

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Shake up your pasta routine with this crunchy take on caprese salad – makes a fun starter to a meat course. 

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crunchy caprese

Crunchy Caprese Salad

Shake up your pasta routine with this crunchy take on caprese salad – makes a fun starter to a meat course. 
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: barilla pasta, caprese, salad, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Author: Barilla

Ingredients

  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced thick
  • 7 balls fresh burrata cheese, sliced thick
  • 6 tablespoons basil pesto
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 16 small basil leaves

Instructions

  • Line a sheet pan with plastic wrap
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the directions, drain
  • Create a 1-inch thick layer of cooked spaghetti on baking sheet; top with plastic wrap and place another baking sheet on top along with a can or two to weigh down, cool in the fridge
  • When pasta is cool, use a biscuit cutter to cut pasta into 4-inch round circles
  • Heat olive oil in pan and crisp pasta discs on both sides
  • Create layers with pasta disc topped with a thick slice of tomato and sprinkle with a little sea salt
  • Top with a few slices of burrata cheese

  • Add a drizzle of pesto sauce and garnish with 2 basil leaves

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Barilla. 
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