Monday, November 14, 2011

Capellini al Fresco Recipe

This recipe is amazing. It's been a family favorite for quite a few years. One of our local restaurants, Ciatti's, here in St Cloud MN, serves this dish. They were closed down for a couple years, so we did some experimenting, and came up with this copycat. I personally like it better than theirs, so I was excited I could make it at home for a fraction of the cost. When I have fresh basil and tomatoes in the summer, I make it at least weekly. It turns out perfect every time! It is also great topped with grilled chicken breast, or grilled shrimp.



 

Capellini al Fresco (print recipe)

What you need:
1/2 pound Capellini or vermicelli noodles, cooked
10 Campari tomatoes, quartered (can also use roma or grape)
1/2 red onion, chopped (optional)
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1- .75 oz package fresh basil, chopped
olive oil
salt and pepper
Shredded Parmesan

Directions:
Cut tomatoes into quarters and place in a bowl of heavily salted water. Let them soak for about a 1/2 hour before cooking.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile coat the bottom of a large frying pan with olive oil (don't be afraid to use alot as you need it to coat all of the pasta). Over medium heat saute onions, garlic, salt and pepper until tender about 7 minutes.

Drain tomatoes and add them to the frying pan. Salt and pepper again. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. (You want the tomatoes slightly cooked, but not falling apart)

Add freshly chopped basil.

Toss with pasta. Add more olive oil if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese! Enjoy!!

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26 comments:

  1. YUMMY!!! (Minus the onions!) And I love your new cookware! Good for you!

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  2. Thanks sis!! I really love them now that I've used them a few times!

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  3. Sheena, this looks SO amazingly good! I can't wait to try it. We go meatless at least twice a week, so I'm super excited to make this. Thanks!

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  4. Your welcome! It is pretty amazing and so fast to make! Let me know how it turn's out!

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  5. Oh dear. I can hardly keep up! Do you cook every night!?

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  6. Now that winter's coming, I would say I cook a meal about 5 nights a week, since I'm home more often. My motivation is all the yummy recipes I have pinned on Pinterest that I can't wait to try!

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  7. Just wanted to let you to know I made it tonight for the hubs and I and it was delish! Thanks again for sharing!

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  8. Thanks so much for letting me know! I am so glad you liked it!

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  9. This looks so yummy! I don't cook with salt, so can I skip the soaking the tomatoes in salt water? I'm definitely going to try this.

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    1. Yes, you can go ahead and skip that step! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. Hi Sheena,
    We have so many wonderful fresh tomatoes from our garden right now, this is a perfect recipe for us to try. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. You will love it! Thanks so much for hosting!!

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  11. This looks wonderful (saw this on Full Plate Thursday)... I knew I had to follow you when you said you like to cook and read... I hope you will stop by to see me and follow me if you like... I keep a list of our book club reads and of course cooking!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be checking it out and following too! :)

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  12. Sheena,
    This looks delish! I love simple yet tasty pasta dishes. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday.

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting every week!!

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  13. We have Meatless Monday ~ I have to admit, It has been a struggle at times because I grew up with the "meat and potatoes diet" ... I like how fresh and light this sounds! It's a perfect addition to our Meatless Monday menu! thank you so much for sharing at LBGC!

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    1. This perfect for meatless Monday! Thanks so much!!

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  14. Looks simple and so good. Thanks for the idea. Have a great week.

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    1. Your welcome!! It's a great pasta recipe!!

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  15. Now I'm officially hungry! Thanks for linking up at Meatless Monday :)

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  16. Delicious simple and quick meal option. Love the flavors! On my menu for this week! YUM!

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  17. The colors and the flavors are so attractive. I know everyone in my house would love this!

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