No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta

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No Cook Summer Pasta

Scratch/ Maria Rodale

“I call this my no-cook pasta because you don’t have to cook the sauce. I made this up when my family and I were all starving and it was hot. I happened to have some fresh organic rigatoni pasta from my local farmer’s market on hand and tried a fresher take on a conventional tomato-based sauce. Everyone love it and it was so easy; it makes an excellent summer pasta dish.” – Maria Rodale, author of Scratch: Home Cooking For Everyone Made Simple, Fun, and Totally Delicious.

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6
Servings
438
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta, such as rigatoni
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 or 6 small tomatoes chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • grated pecorino cheese, for serving

Directions

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the oil, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and parsley and toss to combine.

Drain the pasta, add to the bowl, and toss to coat, adding more oil if necessary. Season with pepper to taste and pass grated pecorino at the table.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
31%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
15g
63%
Cholesterol
79mg
26%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
94µg
13%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
272mg
27%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Folate, total
143µg
36%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
45mg
14%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
328mg
47%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
268mg
18%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
41g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Summer Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Summer Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.