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Rigatoni Pasta

Savor the vibrant flavors of summer with this delightful Rigatoni Pasta. This dish combines the earthiness of basil pesto, the sweetness of cherry tomatoes, and the creaminess of fresh mozzarella for a harmonious and refreshing pasta experience. Whether you're dining al fresco or simply craving a taste of sunshine, this recipe is a winner.
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Rigatoni Pasta celebration of the freshest ingredients. The basil pesto infuses the pasta with aromatic herbs, while the burst of cherry tomatoes adds a burst of sweetness and color. Creamy mozzarella ties it all together, creating a pasta dish that's both comforting and sophisticated.


12 ounces (about 340 grams) rigatoni pasta
1/2 cup basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
1 pint (about 2 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
8 ounces (about 225 grams) fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 25 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Cook the rigatoni pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.


In a large skillet, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.


Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet. Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes start to soften and release their juices.


Return the cooked rigatoni pasta to the skillet and stir to combine with the tomatoes and garlic.


Add the basil pesto to the pasta and toss everything together until the pasta is evenly coated with the pesto.


Remove the skillet from heat and gently fold in the cubed fresh mozzarella. The residual heat from the pasta and tomatoes will slightly melt the mozzarella, creating a creamy texture.


Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt or pepper if necessary.


To serve, divide the Rigatoni Pasta with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella among four plates. Optionally, garnish with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.


Enjoy your vibrant and delicious pasta dish!

Tips for this recipe

For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a handful of toasted pine nuts or chopped sun-dried tomatoes to the pasta just before serving. These additions will complement the pesto beautifully and add a delightful crunch or a sweet, tangy note to each bite.

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