Penne With Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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A light, fresh pasta dish with fresh mozzarella and flavorful roasted cherry tomatoes.


  • 1 1/2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 13.25 oz box of penne
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes (or a container of mozzarella pearls, drained)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Toss tomatoes and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place in an oven safe pan and bake for ~45 minutes, until the skins have wrinkled and the tomatoes have burst.
  4. Cook pasta in salted water, according to package instructions.
  5. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water before draining the pasta.
  6. Return pasta to the pot and add a few splashes of pasta water.
  7. Add the mozzarella cubes and using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes and garlic to the pasta.
  8. Lightly toss, top with chopped fresh basil, and serve.

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