Fresh chives, creamy white mozzarella and bright red tomatoes are the ultimate Italian flavour combination, and the fresh hero ingredients in this delicious recipe. This is simple classic Italian cooking at its very best. Buon appetito!
- 1 piece of Echalion Shallot
- 1 clove of Garlic
- 1/2 piece of Green Bullet Chilli
- 1 punnet of Baby Plum Tomatoes
- 200 grams of Wheat Rigatoni Pasta
- 1 small bag of Pine Nuts
- Tomato Puree
- 1 can of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Vegetable stock
- 1 ball of Mozzarella
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- 1 bunch of Chives
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp salt for the pasta. Halve, peel and thinly slice the shallot. Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). Halve the chilli lengthways, deseed then slice thinly. Halve the baby plum tomatoes and roughly chop the parsley (stalks and all). Place the tomatoes and parsley in a bowl and season with a pinch of salt.
- Add the pasta to your boiling water and boil for 12 mins. Once cooked, drain the pasta in a colander, pop back in the pan, drizzle with oil and stir through to stop it sticking together.
- Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on medium heat and add the pine nuts (no oil!). Toast them until golden, 2-3 mins, tossing regularly. When golden, transfer them from your pan to a bowl.
- Once the pine nuts are removed from your pan, put it back on medium heat and add a drizzle of oil. Add the shallot to your pan, stir and cook until softened, 4-5 mins. Add the garlic, tomato puree and green chilli (add less if you don’t like heat!). Stir and cook for 1 minute more. Pour in the finely chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock and stir to dissolve. Add a pinch of sugar (if you have some). Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, 10 mins.
- While your sauce cooks, finely chop the chives. Drain the mozzarella and pull it apart into small pieces. Stir the balsamic vinegar, honey and olive oil (see ingredients for amount) into the bowl of tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- When your sauce is cooked, season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the drained pasta and toss together. Stir through half the chives and half the mozzarella then share into bowls. Spoon your tomato salsa on top along with the remaining mozzarella, remaining chives and a sprinkle of pine nuts.
Source: HelloFresh UK