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Playing Roasted Caprese Spaghetti


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pint red grape tomatoes
  • 1 pint yellow grape tomatoes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (about 1 large bunch) arugula, washed and stem ends removed
  • 1 cup basil, leaves removed from stems
  • 6 to 8 sprigs tarragon, leaves removed from stems
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted and cooled
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella, cut into small dice
  • 1 loaf crusty bread


Serves: 4 servings


Preheat oven to 400F.

Bring a large pot of water up to a boil, generously salt the water and cook the spaghetti to al dente, according to package directions. Before draining pasta, reserve about a cup of the starchy cooking liquid.

On a baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with one turn of the pan of EVOO, salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast until tender and bursting, about 10 minutes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, start the pesto: In a food processor, add the arugula, basil, tarragon, pine nuts, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse a few times, add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, then drizzle in the EVOO with the machine running until it's all combined.

Scoop pesto into a mixing bowl, add the reserved pasta water, drained pasta, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella, and toss to coat. Serve with some warm, crusty bread alongside.