Pasta with Grape Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes & Mozzarella – I just love this dish. It is so, so easy and yet surprisingly flavorful. It’s perfect for a weeknight. I knew that I wanted to go for a walk tonight (it’s been SO nice here), so I needed an easy dinner that was quick and light. I’ve made this before and James loved it. The original recipe is from Everyday Food and my changes are in red. I pretty much halved the recipe because I’m not a huge leftover fan.

Also, last time I made this, I found that there was too much cheese and it all ended up melted together and in one big clump. I added a lot less this time with the thought that we could always add more later. 🙂 Enjoy!!

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Pasta with grape tomatoes & mozzarella

Serves 4 (2-3 with my changes)

  • 12 ounces ridged or plain penne (I used gemelli pasta & a half a box.)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained (I used half a can.)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (I used most of the pint – they were so sweet!)
  • 1/2 pint (8 ounces) bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), halved, or 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed (I
  • used about 6 ounces.)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish (I used a pinch of dried.)
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar


1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.

2. Add chickpeas to pot; immediately drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.

3. Add tomatoes, bocconcini, thyme, oil, and vinegar to pasta.

4. Toss, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a thin sauce that coats pasta (you may not need all the water).

5. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine.

6. Serve, garnished with additional thyme.

We didn’t have anything else with this but it would be good with fresh spinach or arugula, as well.

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes & Mozzarella

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