Caprese Salad turned pasta!

Source: Melissa’s kitchen
Servings: 4

What’s my inspiration:

I make caprese salad almost every week, I’m obsessed.  So when a friend told me about this dish, I had to try it.  I didn’t have a recipe, just the ingredients, so I had to wing it.  Luckily, it turned out!

The balsamic & heavy cream sauce is really tasty.  It has a sweetness that isn’t overwhelming and the balsamic gives it a savory kick.  The sauce combined with fresh farmers market tomatoes, curly noodles and mozzarella balls makes it really fun to eat.  Oh, and did I mention there is a side of steak?  Mmm-mmm. Serve it with some grilled sourdough and you have a dish that is sure to please!

Tips:

  • Since I didn’t have a recipe, I eyeballed the sauce when I made it.  So taste the sauce and if it needs more balsamic, cream, salt or pepper just add some.  Start with a little and keep adding of needed.

What you need:

  • 1 steak (1-2 lbs)
  • 1 Steak Marinade (Make your own or buy a pre-made Marinade)
  • 1 box pasta noodles (curly noodles are more fun but penne noodles work) – cooked
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons Balsamic
  • 1 package Cherry or Grape Tomatoes – Cut in 1/2
  • Fresh Basil – julienned
  • Fresh mozzarella balls – Cut in 1/2
  • Salt & Pepper
What you do:
  • Marinate steak 2+ hours (I usually marinate the steak the morning I cook the dish)
  • Prep tomatoes, mozzarella balls & basil
     
  • Cook pasta noodles in water that is well salted with some vegetable oil (gives flavor and keeps noodles from sticking).
  • Drain noodles (do not rinse, helps sauce stick to noodles)
  • While noodles are cooking, start grilling the steak and cook until desired doneness.  Slice and set aside.
  • In the same pot you cooked the noodles in, add heavy whipping cream and about  3 tablespoons Balsamic.  Cook over medium-low heat until warm – simmer but don’t boil.
     
  • Add noodles & tomatoes to sauce and heat until warm
     
  • Add mozzarella balls and basil, season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Serve with sliced steak and grilled sourdough if desired
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