Balsamic Fettucine with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

22 Mar

Balsamic Fettucine with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

So we bought a house.  And I want to shoot myself.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  That’s extreme. I tend to be a bit dramatic.  BUT, I definitely want to drop kick the millions of paint cans that are littering our new house. On purpose (because I have definitely done it on accident). But not really because paint is crazy expensive (I am in the wrong line of work.  I should be a paint inventor.  If that is such a thing.).

We watch massive amounts of HGTV in our house, so we thought we were mentally prepared for the home buying/moving-in process.  I woefully underestimated our preparedness.  Zombie apocolypse?  Sure, we got it.  Crazy toddler who had to go to the emergency room because she was dancing too hard to Britney Spears?  Yep, no problem. Buying/moving/painting/all that crap?  Nope.  Not at all. Not even close.

Every so often in the last week or so, I have literally closed my eyes and wished that a Candadian house-prepper would show up at our door (side note- Why is everyone on HGTV Candadian?  I’m not hating, but they breed home renovators like WHOA over there). So needless to say, cooking has been a little low on our priority list (far below the wood rot, carpenter ants, freak snowstorm at the end of March, dog sitting on a paint can…..all that jazz).

This dish has been a lifesaver that we have made with….ahem, quite a lot of frequency lately (oh, like maybe once a week).

Balsamic Fettucine ingredients

Balsamic Fettucine with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

1 pound dried or fresh fettucine

2 Tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

1 (10 oz.) box of grape or cherry tomatoes

1 ½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil and add pasta (cook to al dente)

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat

Once oil is hot, add garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; add crushed red pepper, cook for another minute

Add tomatoes to pan and cook for five minutes or until they start to shrivel

Add balsamic to pan, lower heat and simmer for one minute

Balsamic Tomatoes

Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of pasta water and add to pan; simmer for another minute

Add al dente pasta to pan, toss to coat noodles

Add mozzarella, toss to combine and serve (if using, finish with a pinch of smoked salt)

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One Response to “Balsamic Fettucine with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes”

  1. Kate DeLuca March 22, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    This looks delish.

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