Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Copycat Ciatti's Capellini al Fresco Recipe

Nov 14, 2011

Copycat Ciatti's Capellini al Fresco Recipe

This easy, fresh and delicious recipe is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time!


Capellini al Fresco



This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!



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This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


This recipe is absolutely amazing.

It's been a family favorite for quite a few years.

One of our local Italian restaurants, Ciatti's, here in Saint Cloud, MN, served this dish.

They were closed down for a couple years, re-opened and then closed again. We missed our favorite pasta, so we did some experimenting, and came up with this copycat.

This copycat recipe is darn near spot on, and because it's made at home, I really love it SO much better than the original at the restaurant.

When I have fresh basil and tomatoes in the summer, I make it at least weekly and during the winter, I usually buy my veggies and herbs at Fresh Thyme since they seem to be the best in the area.

It turns out perfect every time! It's also great topped with grilled chicken breast, or grilled shrimp.

If you're from central Minnesota and miss this restaurant, make sure to try this pasta!



This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


What is in Capellini al Fresco?

  • Extra virgin olive oil: This is a liquid fat obtained from pressing whole mediterranean olives. It's used for cooking, bread dips and making salad dressings. It has a lower smoke point than other oils, so you'll want to use it when cooking at a lower temperature. 
  • Garlic: My love for garlic is real. I use it in almost everything I cook and I love the health benefits it offers. Garlic is part of the onion, leek and chive family. It's great for heart health and contains many vitamins and minerals.
  • Fresh Basil: Also called sweet basil and is an annual herb in the mint family. It's a great source of vitamin k, vitamin a, magnesium and iron. It has a sweet smell with a peppery taste.
  • Fresh tomatoes: They are technically a fruit since they have seeds, but are prepared or served as a vegetable in savory dishes. They contain lycopene, which has great health benefits, vitamin c, potassium and folate. They are served fresh or cooked and can be roasted, canned, dehydrated or frozen for use later.

This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


Other fresh tomato recipes you may like:



This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a bowl
  • Add salt over top and cover with water 
  • Soak for 30 minutes and drain well prior to using
  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil
  • Add garlic and saute
  • Add the drained tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, cook
  • Add the basil, cook
  • Stir in the cooked pasta, toss to coat
  • Serve topped with parmesan cheese


Full recipe below



This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:



This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


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This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


What to serve with this recipe:




I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


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Capellini al Fresco

Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 10 Campari tomatoes, quartered (can also use roma or grape)
  • 8 ounces capellini or angel hair noodles
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1- .75 oz package fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper (measurements listed in instructions)
  • shredded parmesan cheese, for topping

Instructions:

  1. Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a bowl. Add 1-2 teaspoons of salt over top and cover with water. Soak for 30 minutes and drain well prior to using.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain. Do not overcook.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the drained tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the basil, cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cooked pasta, toss to coat. Add additional salt if needed.
  7. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.
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This easy, fresh and delicious copycat recipe from Ciatti's in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a family favorite! The fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic give the pasta SO much amazing flavor and it's ready in less than 45 minutes, including prep time! Such a wonderful spring or summer lunch or dinner!


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

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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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