• Pasta with Mozzarella, Basil & Tomatoes


By Andrew Zimmern

This summertime orecchiette with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes is the easy pasta dish you need right now. It’s so simple and so satisfying.


Pasta with Mozzarella, Basil & Tomatoes


  • 1/2 pound pasta, small and flat works well, I like orecchiette from any maker in Gragnano
  • 1/2 cup of your best olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 minced shallot, or more to taste
  • 1¬† 1/2 cups of mozzarella pearls or grated fresh mozz (use box grater, largest holes)
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt and ground white pepper
  • Reggiano Parmesan curls, for garnish


Let all your ingredients comes to room temp.

Bring a large volume of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta to your taste.

While it’s cooking, add all your ingredients except the basil to a large work bowl.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.

Add pasta to the large mixing bowl with the mozzarella and tomatoes. Toss well, the mozz should melt, and the pasta will cool as you toss as well. Add the basil, then the salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temp, garnishing with Reggiano parmesan curls

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