This twist on the classic Caprese pasta incorporates the unique flavor of Thai basil, adding a fresh and slightly spicy kick to the dish. It’s a simple, vibrant, and flavorful meal, perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.


  • 8 ounces pasta (like penne, fusilli, or farfalle)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed or torn into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup Thai basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: balsamic glaze for drizzling
  • Optional: red pepper flakes for some heat


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent sticking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, halved cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese.
  3. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Pour the warm garlic-infused olive oil over the pasta mixture.
  5. Add the torn Thai basil leaves to the pasta. Gently toss all the ingredients to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you like a bit of spice, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  6. If desired, drizzle with balsamic glaze for an added sweet and tangy flavor.
  7. Serve the Caprese pasta at room temperature or chilled.
  8. Before serving, give the pasta a quick toss to redistribute the dressing and freshen up the flavors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 380
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 18g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 4

Caprese Pasta with Thai Basil is a delightful and easy-to-make dish that brings a new twist to a classic recipe. The Thai basil adds a unique flavor that pairs beautifully with the traditional Caprese combination of tomatoes and mozzarella. This dish is perfect for a summer meal, outdoor picnic, or a quick weeknight dinner. Enjoy this refreshing and satisfying pasta salad!

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