Barilla® Caprese Pasta Salad

By: Lindsay Pleskot

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You may know Caprese salad as a famous Italian recipe, typically made with just 4 ingredients: tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Well, we've added one more ingredient to the mix--Barilla Medium Shells--that will kick your Caprese salad up a few notches. Served as the perfect hors d'oeuvres or side dish, you won't regret breathing new life into this classic. It's also a great way to eat in line with the Mediterranean Diet.

*Best served with Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio.*

Taste Profile: Medium bodied, lively, and elegant. A touch of minerality lingers in the finish, with notes of lemon peel.

Ingredients 6 Number of Servings

225g (3 cups) Barilla Medium Shells  

200g Saputo Bocconcini, halved  

½ pint of cherry tomatoes, halved  

¼ cup basil, cut into slices  

2 cups arugula  


¼ cup olive oil  

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar  

1 tbsp dijon mustard  

1 clove garlic, minced  

A generous pinch of salt & pepper to taste  

Optional: finish with another drizzle of olive oil, chili flakes and flaky sea salt  
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  • Cook Barilla Medium Shells to al dente according to package directions.  

  • As pasta cooks, prep salad ingredients; cut Bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, basil. Set aside.  
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and set aside to cool.  

  • Place ingredients for dressing in a jar with a lid. Cover the jar with lid and shake to mix.  

  • Transfer the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl and add arugula.  

  • Drizzle dressing over the top, toss and serve.  

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