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This 20-minute bruschetta pasta is a vegetarian meal that's filled with fresh flavors of ripe tomatoes, tangy balsamic vinegar, garden-fresh basil, and fruity olive oil piled high on top of al dente pasta tossed in a quick herby balsamic cream sauce.
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- This tomato basil pasta is not only a quick and easy weeknight dinner - it’s a great meatless meal if you're looking to add more vegetarian options to your family's meal plan! You can have this bruschetta pasta on the table in less than 30 minutes, and the leftovers (if there are any) are even better for lunch the next day!
- If you're looking for more quick and easy dinners be sure to check out my Creamy Pesto Pasta, Vegan Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, or Tomato Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Bucatini Pasta - Bucatini is a fun way to mix up pasta night, but you can use whatever noodles you have on-hand for this bruschetta pasta.
- Grape Tomatoes - Grape tomatoes work well for bruschetta because they’re meatier than cherry tomatoes. That said, you can use cherry tomatoes if you prefer. You can also dice a big tomato into chunks, but you’ll definitely want something with meaty flesh, like a Roma or beefsteak. If you're dicing a larger tomato, you'll also want to remove the "guts" and seeds so the bruschetta doesn't end up being watery.
- Olive Oil - Bruschetta is one of those times when you really want a good olive oil, because you’re eating it raw. Look for an organic, cold-pressed olive oil that will add an array of deep, earthy flavors.
- Balsamic Vinegar - Similarly, bruschetta pasta heavily relies on the flavor of the balsamic vinegar so you'll want to make sure you're using a good one! This is our family's favorite brand of balsamic vinegar.
- Fresh Basil - Keep your grocery store basil fresh by putting the cut stems in water, covering it loosely, and keeping it on the counter. Lots of herbs do well in the fridge, but basil will brown. (That’s why most grocery stores don’t keep it in the cold, with the other cut herbs.) If you must substitute dried basil for fresh, remember to use ⅓ the amount, because dried herbs have more intense flavor than fresh.
- Garlic Cloves - So much of the absolute glory of a good bruschetta is in its bright, fresh flavors, so substituting dried garlic in place of fresh won’t be quite as effective as in other recipes. If you’re using pre-minced garlic, use about ¾ teaspoon per clove. You can also use about ½ teaspoon granulated garlic in a pinch.
- Dried Oregano - If you’re out of oregano, you can sub in the same amount of dried basil. You could also use an Italian seasoning blend, which will have at least some oregano in it.
- Heavy Cream - No heavy cream? You could use half and half or even whole milk in it's place, but start with about half the amount the recipe calls for as neither have the same thick texture as heavy cream. You can also use full-fat canned coconut milk if you want a dairy-free substitution.
- Fresh Mozzarella - I love the mild flavor that fresh mozzarella adds to this bruschetta pasta and it pairs really well with tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar. You can use mozzarella pearls, a log of sliced fresh mozzarella, or a ball of mozzarella torn into bite-sized pieces.
Mix until combined and set aside to marinate.
Meanwhile, saute garlic and oregano for about a minute.
Add balsamic vinegar and heavy cream and combine.
Add pasta and toss to coat evenly and cook for a couple minutes.
Pour marinated tomatoes over the pasta and add fresh mozzarella. Garnish with basil and enjoy!
Pasta! This bruschetta pasta recipes takes your favorite flavors of classic Bruschetta and pairs it with al dente bucatini tossed in an herby balsamic cream sauce. Add homemade garlic bread and serve with a bottle of merlot and dinner is done!
Heaven. A good bruschetta, made with fresh ingredients, is a medley of Mediterranean flavors: bright tomatoes, complex olive oil, fresh garlic, tangy balsamic, and subtly sweet basil. It takes simple ingredients and showcases their delicious flavors in perfect harmony!
Bruschetta is made from toasted, olive oil drizzled bread that's rubbed with garlic and topped with a dressing of marinated fresh tomato, garlic, and basil. It's a quick and easy appetizer that's perfect for summer!
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