Pasta with cherry tomatoes and smoked mozzarella

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    25 min

    Pick the sweetest tomatoes and best quality smoked mozzarella (scamorza) you can find for this quick and tasty pasta; the preparation is so easy because the ingredients are the real stars!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 400g orecchiette or other short pasta
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, halved
    • 1/2 shallot, finely sliced
    • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 200g smoked scamorza or mozzarella, cubed
    • fresh basil leaves
    • grated Parmesan cheese for serving

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook the pasta in abundant salted water.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan (you will add the pasta afterwards) over medium heat, cook the shallot in oil until just softened. Add the cherry tomatoes, coat quickly in oil and cook for 5-7 minutes without stirring them too much or they will turn into sauce. Season with salt and keep warm.
    3. Reserve a ladle of the pasta cooking water. Drain pasta 2 minutes before the end of cooking time and transfer into the saucepan. Finish cooking, adding some of the reserved pasta water to help the pasta and sauce combine. Add the smoked mozzarella and toss.
    4. Serve with freshly torn basil leaves and grated Parmesan.

    Parmesan cheese:

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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