I feel silly saying we get really excited to go the super-market. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s TRUE! I could spend literally hours just roaming through every aisle. I get lost in the pasta aisle and the 100’s of different types of pasta.
Then I get lost in the bakery section. Boxes and boxes of pretty pastries ready for me to bring home. Except Teresa won’t let me because she is always baking something wonderful.
If you are into seafood, their seafood department is amazing. If you don’t like seafood…just keep staring at the pastry photos. Very fresh and quite a selection. This day we were there we picked up some calamari and shrimp. Teresa fried it all. Fried Italian seafood with some salt, lemon, and fresh bread makes the most incredible meal.
Penne with Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil
1 lb penne pasta
3 balls (medium sized) of fresh mozzarella
1 lb cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
handful of sliced basil
can of Albacore tuna, optional
1/4 – 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
dash balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
Slice mozzarella in little chunks. In a large bowl, add the mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, and basil (and tuna, if you are using it). Cook pasta until it’s al dente. Drain the pasta and toss it into the bowl with the mozzarella mixture. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix with a large spoon until it’s all incorporated.
Hope you like this simple and light Italian lunch idea. You know they eat pasta at lunch there and for dinner something lighter. Like that fried seafood!
CIAO and thanks for stopping by!! Hope your summer is fun and relaxing.