Caprese-Style Spaghetti

Contributed by: Chef Ryan Lucas

Caprese-Style Spaghetti

Recipe type: Yield: 6 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Caprese-Style Spaghetti: fresh spaghetti nests + heirloom tomatoes + mozzarella + basil + garlic + crushed red chili flakes + balsamic reduction + olive oil


4 Heirloom tomatoes – various colors, medium sized – medium dice
4 Cloves Garlic – crushed
1 C Basil leaf – torn
1 C Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese – Diced
1 T Red chile flake (depending on spice level)
Salt & Pepper – to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsalmix reduction – for plating
6 Pasta Nests – fresh – 3 oz each


  1. Boil salted water for pasta.
  2. Coat a sauté pan with the olive oil, crushed garlic, half of the basil, salt, pepper, and the chile flakes (if using).
  3. Once the garlic has a bit of color, add the diced tomatoes and cook down for 2-3 minutes, just enough to
  4. become nicely heated through and tender.
  5. Drop the pasta nests in salted boiling water, and cook for roughly 2 minutes, just to Al denté. Once the pasta is
  6. cooked add it to the pan and toss with the tomato mixture. Add the remaining basil and mozzarella, still tossing
  7. (the heat from the mixtures will soften the cheese and make it so delicious).
  8. I like to drizzle some balsamic reduction on the bottom of the bowl and plate the pasta on top of it because it gives a little sweetness to the dish.

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