Caprese Pasta Salad

Ingredients:


2 cups {dry} of pasta (I used farfalle)
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1/2 cup minced/chopped fresh basil 
1 cup fresh mozzarella - cubed 

1 can of Hunt's Diced Tomatoes 
1/4 cup Olive Oil



Directions:


1.  Prepare the pasta as directed on the pasta package.  Once the pasta is cooked, run cold water on the pasta.  Let the pasta completely cool.  This is a cold salad. You do not want your Mozzarella melting!  


2.  When the pasta is cooling, start preparing the rest of your salad ingredients.  


3.  Chop the black olives into small pieces.  


4.  Mince the fresh basil.  I love this part!  Smells so great!


5.  Cube the fresh mozzarella into bite size pieces. 


6.  Now that the pasta is cold, add the pasta into a large mixing bowl.  Add the olives, basil, and mozzarella. 


7.  Drain the Hunt's Diced Tomatoes.  Once drained, add to the bowl.  


8.  Mix the pasta well.  Since the tomatoes add some natural moisture you do not need much olive oil.  Once mixed well, add the olive oil for taste.  Do not over do the oil!  


9.  Serve cold!  Enjoy!

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