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Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean? Look no further than this delightful Bruschetta Pasta recipe! Combining the flavors of Italy's iconic bruschetta with perfectly cooked pasta, this dish is a refreshing and satisfying option for any meal. It's quick to prepare, bursting with fresh ingredients, and will surely impress your family and friends. Let's dive into the recipe and discover the magic of Bruschetta Pasta!


-Ingredients-


For the Bruschetta Topping:

  • 2 cups ripe tomatoes, diced

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta:

  • 12 oz (340g) penne or any pasta of your choice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for a hint of spice)

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


- Instructions: -


1. Prepare the Bruschetta Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, minced garlic, chopped basil, balsamic vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly and set aside, allowing the flavors to meld together while you prepare the pasta.

2. Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.

  • Once cooked, drain the pasta and set aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water for later use.

3. Prepare the Bruschetta Pasta:

  • In a large skillet or pan, heat two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat.

  • Add the thinly sliced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Sauté for about a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant and slightly golden.

4. Combine Pasta and Bruschetta Topping:

  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the garlic-infused oil.

  • Pour the bruschetta topping over the pasta and toss everything together gently until the pasta is well coated with the flavorful mixture.

5. Adjust Consistency:

  • If the pasta seems a bit dry, add some of the reserved pasta water, a tablespoon at a time, until you achieve your desired consistency.

Final Touches:

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the Bruschetta Pasta and toss lightly to incorporate it into the dish.

  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves for an extra burst of color and flavor.


Serve and Enjoy:

Your Bruschetta Pasta is now ready to be savored! Serve it warm and pair it with a side salad or some garlic bread for a complete Mediterranean-inspired meal. This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or for entertaining guests on a warm summer evening.


Bruschetta Pasta brings together the essence of Italy's classic bruschetta and perfectly cooked pasta for a match made in culinary heaven. With the freshness of ripe tomatoes, the aromatic herbs, and the rich flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this recipe captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. So gather your ingredients and prepare to indulge in a dish that is both simple to make and incredibly satisfying to enjoy. Buon Appetito!


 


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