Caprese Pasta Bake

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Easy Pasta Bake and it couldn’t be easier! It’s loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Easy Pasta Bake and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

Caprese Pasta Bake is Easy to Make on the stove with just one pan

I’ve always had a thing for caprese. There’s something magical about basil, tomato, mozzarella, and balsamic. It’s a flavor combination that I never seem to tire. Some of my favorite recipes have been composed of these ingredients. Chopped Caprese Salad, Stuffed Caprese Salmon, and Cheesy Caprese Dip just to name a few. I never got tired of the simple way the flavors go together like Henry and poofy hair. They just fit.

This delicious Caprese Pasta recipe is cheesy and chock-full of flavor!

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Pasta Caprese and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Pasta Caprese and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

Stovetop Caprese Pasta is a versatile and easy pasta bake recipe!

This is one of those meals that you can keep as simple as you want, or dress up with add-ons. Chicken would be a great protein to toss in for a chicken caprese pastsa, or try adding sausage for a dressier dinner. You can serve this pasta caprese on its own in small portions or as a tasty side dish. It’s even great served cold as more of a caprese pasta salad. It’s just so versatile and delicious! I am really in love with this Caprese Pasta Bake if you can’t tell! I love how everything melts together to create such a burst of flavor. Yum yum yum!

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Pasta Caprese and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

An Easy Pasta Bake recipe the whole family will love!

This rustic Stovetop Caprese Pasta Bake recipe is such an easy way to feed your family and make sure everyone is happy. Henry (who is 11 months) ate this up and could pick it up with his hands which was great. My picky eater husband (much pickier than my baby) even loved it and went back for seconds. That’s the true test of a good recipe. I LOVE the fresh basil. I can never decide if I love basil or cilantro more. If you ask me today…it’s basil.

How Do You Make Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad is a traditional and simple Italian dish made up of fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and fragrant basil leaves, usually dressed in olive oil. It’s easy to make and it’s such a simple dish to serve. It is a great side dish for any Italian meal, or a fun appetizer to serve in the summer or at parties. Try our Chopped Caprese Salad if you want a taste of this flavorful dish.

What is Caprese Pasta?

While a fresh caprese salad is delicious all on its own, mixing it up to create a caprese pasta bake really takes it up a notch. It’s a different spin on the traditional caprese salad. By adding in pasta, you can create a new dish, which makes a great family dinner. The mozzarella melts and all of the flavors intensify as they cook and that’s why I love this caprese pasta bake for the perfect meal!

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Pasta Caprese and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

I hope you give this easy pasta bake recipe a try. It’s sure to please and is completely fool proof. That’s my kind of recipe! The simple yet delicious flavors in this caprese pasta bake are perfect for the whole family or any dinner guests you might have. Save any leftovers for a cold caprese pasta salad to switch it up and make this dish last even longer.

If you’re craving more pasta, check out these other amazing pasta dishes. You’ll love this tasty one pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta or try this creamy Baked Pasta Primavera with Cream Cheese Alfredo.

Since this caprese pasta bake makes such a great pasta salad if you prefer, try some other pasta salad dishes, like this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad or Chicken Enchilada Pasta Salad.

See the recipe card for details on how to make this Stovetop Caprese Pasta recipe. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, try these other caprese recipes too:

This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious Easy Pasta Bake and it couldn't be easier! It's loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 

Stovetop Caprese Pasta Bake

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
This STOVETOP CAPRESE PASTA BAKE is a one pot wonder! So simple, easy, and full of flavor. Our entire family loves this delicious pasta and it couldn't be easier! Loaded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. 
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry pasta small or medium sized works best
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 jar 23.50 ounces marinara sauce or any tomato-based pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese divided
  • 4 ounces mozzarella pearls divided
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes halved, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil divided

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray a 3-quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and add 1-teaspoon table salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and dried basil. Bring water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, combine marinara sauce, heavy cream, balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 2 ounces mozzarella pearls, 1-cup cherry tomatoes and 2 tablespoons fresh basil in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 2 ounces mozzarella pearls and 1 cup grape tomatoes.
  5. Cook 30 minutes, or until hot throughout. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons fresh basil.
  6. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Stovetop Caprese Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 588mg 25%
Potassium 298mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 17.8%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Comments

michelle
Hi. I'm getting ready to make this for dinner. i assume in step 4, you mix the mixture with the pasta, and then pour it into the baking dish? that's what i'm going to do anyway lol. looks yummy, but we like our pasta really saucy so, from the pics, looks like i may need to 1.5 times the sauce. seems perfect for a buy weeknight. :)
    Becky Hardin
    yes that's right!! I hope you enjoy it :)
      Michelle
      Thank you. It was delicious! And it made a lot, so I don’t have to cook tonight! ;)
Jennifer Fulk
Hi! This looks great! If I can't find mozzarella pearls, can I buy a 16 oz mozzarella ball and just cut small size pieces from it or do i need fresh mozzarella?
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