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Summer Pasta with Smashed Tomatoes, Peaches & Mozzarella

We have been cooking this quick little dinner recipe rather frequently during the summer. At a first glance, it might seem like it’s just a classic/boring fresh tomato pasta. But when you consider the context: hot summer days, family time, ripe tomatoes in season, everyone is hungry but no one feels like cooking … you’ll realise that it’s exactly the kind of simple dinner that we all need more of. We have of course given this dish our own schwung. Instead of just serving tomatoes fresh, we squeeze/punch/smash them up a bit so they get softer and release some of that lovely juice that gets mixed with olive oil, a splash of the hot pasta water, fresh basil, garlic and pickled capers. Already there, you got yourself a pretty great flavor combo. But then we throw in a handful of peach slices for extra sweetness, delicious toasted pine nuts and some large chunks of creamy buffel mozzarella, which makes it Italian-grandmother-kind-of-awesome.

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You can serve this with any type of pasta. In our home we usually use various sorts of gluten free (buckwheat is a favourite) or whole grain pasta or spiralized/shredded zucchini (also known as zoodles), but here we are using bean linguine, made entirely from dried beans and therefore naturally vegan, gluten free and high in protein. This pasta has a delicious flavour and a nice chewy texture. We have seen various sorts of bean pastas starting to pop up in supermarkets and health food stores – soybean pasta, chickpea pasta and black bean pasta – so keep an eye out for those next time you are out shopping for pasta.

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In this dish the quality of the ingredients is everything. Use only fresh, ripe tomatoes and peaches and make sure to choose your favourite olive oil.

If you want a creamier sauce, you can sub the mozzarella for ricotta cheese + some lemon juice, which also is really awesome. You can of course also add parmesan cheese if you prefer. For a vegan option, I think it’d be interesting to work with a softer type tofu instead of the cheese. Perhaps pre-marinate it for a while in olive oil and fresh Italian herbs.

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Pasta with smashed raw tomatoes, peach & mozzarella
Serves 4

1 clove garlic
2 tbsp pickled capers
500 g / 1 lb ripe tomatoes
3-4 sprigs fresh basil, leaves picked and chopped, save some for garnish
a few glugs of cold-pressed olive oil
a pinch sea salt and black pepper
200 g  / 7 oz bean pasta or other gluten free pasta alternative or zucchini noodles
1 handful pine nuts
2 peaches or nectarines
200 g / 7 oz mozzarella cheese
1 handful rucola/aragula/rocket salad

Mince the garlic very finely. Mash the capers with the back of a knife. Divide the tomatoes in half. Chop the basil. Place everything in a large serving bowl and add a few glugs of olive oil, salt and pepper. With your hands, squeeze or punch the tomatoes until soft and juicy. Cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to the instructions on package. Meanwhile, lightly toast the pine nuts in a skillet on medium heat. Slice the nectarines and tear the mozzarella in smaller pieces. When that pasta is done, reserve about 1/2 cup / 100 ml of cooking water and drain the rest. Add the pasta immediately to the serving bowl while it’s still hot, toss with the tomato ‘sauce’ and rucola until well mixed, add some of the cooking water if you want to make it a little juicier. Decorate with peaces, mozzarella cheese, pine nuts, arugula, a few whole basil leaves and an extra drizzle of olive oil. Ready to serve.

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55 Comments

  1. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 10:13 | #

    This looks wonderful, perfect for a summer evening eating outside in the sun! I love the addition of the peaches to this, I can’t wait for the tomatoes in my garden to ripen and then I will be making this! H x
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  2. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 11:10 | #

    This sounds great. I’d never think of adding peaches to my salad!

  3. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 11:30 | #

    Ooh this dish looks delicious. I love squishing things in my hands, so this recipe is fun as well. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

  4. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 12:01 | #

    That looks absolutely delicious, I definitely have to try it out, I love the combination of peaches, pasta and cheese! xx

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  5. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 12:03 | #

    Such a wholesome pasta dish – and I love the look of the bean linguine!

  6. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 12:07 | #

    Deliciosa! Me encanta! besos!

  7. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 13:24 | #

    Oh wow,those tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous! Almost, too good to be squished, lol! Love the idea of adding peaches. :)

  8. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 14:01 | #

    Summer salad perfection right here! Yum!!

  9. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 14:13 | #

    I have never squeezed tomatoes before serving them with pasta…and I am Italian, I mean, how could have been possible?!good idea, I will try it!!!

  10. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 15:18 | #

    oh wow! This sounds amazing. I find adding the peaches especially intriguing. Really need to make that. Thanks for the recipe :)

    P.s.: the pics are soooo nice!

  11. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 15:19 | #

    oh my goodness!! What a beautiful recipe to incorporate kids too! I have my baby nephew visiting (not much of a baby anymore), but he would love to help smash the tomatoes! And it looks so delicious and fresh too. Thanks for the recipe! x

  12. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 16:59 | #

    I can’t believe this… for us too, this summer has been so much about pasta with pesto, topped with a lot of spicy, tangy salsa, made with heirloom or cherry tomatoes. It tastes so good, especially outdoors, right in the backyard or during a picnic. An accidental find while trying to finish the leftovers after our block party:)

  13. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 17:37 | #

    This looks amazing. Dinner is safe now. Guess I have everything on hand.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 17:58 | #

    I’ve never heard of bean pasta before, but I’m so intrigued! Why not?! I love that you added peaches to the pasta with tomatoes and cheese, I wouldn’t have thought of that, but it sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try this beautiful dish!
    Happy summer!
    xx Sydney

  15. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 18:10 | #

    Can’t wait to make this. Pasta perfection!!

  16. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 18:52 | #

    THIS. Absolutely beautiful with wondrously complementary ingredients! I have to try it with zucchini noodles!

  17. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 19:05 | #

    This pasta dish sounds perfectly not boring! Yum!

  18. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 19:13 | #

    I love the way you smashed the tomatoes by hand! It’s so rewarding when you have that manual, physical element in making your own food (i.e. kneading dough, crushing berries, etc.) I’m actually going home to my parents’ house in the country this weekend, and we have a beautiful little farmstand there with local produce. I’m definitely getting some tomatoes and making a sauce this way! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  19. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 19:18 | #

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredible. The photos, the ingredients… Wow! Pinned and ready to try.

  20. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 19:47 | #

    I just love recipes that have pure, simple ingredients with flavours that complement each other perfectly! This recipe is a great example of that. Have a wonderful time in Barcelona!

  21. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 20:07 | #

    Hurray for simple dinners!!!Looks finger-licking good :)

  22. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 20:15 | #

    What an inspirational salad! Peaches and tomatoes is super intriguing. I can’t wait to give this a try. My lovely little tomatoes are ripening as we speak. It is hard for me to resist eating them right off the vine like grapes.

  23. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 21:42 | #

    These photos are beautiful – those tomatoes just look SO fresh and delicious! Bean pasta is definitely on my list to try soon!

  24. Jane
    Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 22:38 | #

    Just mad and eaten : delicious. Used maize pasta to which We added jumbo prawns cooked in garlic and cider reduction to make an additional non veggie topping. Beautiful sharing food.

  25. Posted 23 Jul ’15 at 23:27 | #

    I LOVE the combination of sweet and savoury. So this sounds perfect!

  26. Sandra
    Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 01:15 | #

    It was wonderful….who would imagine that peaches would make such an impact. The summer tomatoes and peaches make this a DELIOUS summertime meal!! My family wants more of this amazing dish. ❤️It

  27. Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 01:22 | #

    Gosh, the idea of mixing peaches and tomatoes is so interesting!! A must try!

  28. Erica
    Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 04:38 | #

    You always have the most stunning food photography!

  29. Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 06:35 | #

    oh my goodness! this looks delicious! I think a vegan almond cheese made from straining soaked and blended almonds with herbs and lemon would fit really well here too! YUM! Can’t wait to try :)

  30. Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 10:26 | #

    This looks so yummy!

  31. Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 10:55 | #

    This pasta recipe looks amazing! We’ve been eating a lot of peaches this summer. They are so delicious in salads and as topping on porridge.
    /Camilla

  32. Giulia
    Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 12:25 | #

    absolutely perfect with this weather und looks really italian! I’ll try it today :)

  33. Lynn
    Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 16:14 | #

    What makes me frustrated are comments about a recipe when the commenter has not even made the recipe yet. Yes, it may look great (and it does). Yes, it may sound like a delicious dish (and it probably is), but many of us read the comments to finds out how the recipe tasted. What, if any problems, did you come across? What suggestions and/or additions would you make now that you’ve actually made the recipe and eaten it?

  34. renata
    Posted 24 Jul ’15 at 18:21 | #

    Not only that it looks beautiful but it also tastes great .Thanx for sharing .

  35. Posted 25 Jul ’15 at 13:12 | #

    A very beautiful dish! I’m having my Tomato Festival this week, so I’m enjoying seeing all sorts of tomato recipes.

  36. Posted 25 Jul ’15 at 17:20 | #

    Great food photos

  37. Posted 27 Jul ’15 at 14:37 | #

    Smashed tomatoes, of course what a great idea!! Love when an ingredient can serve double duty and fill it for the sauce as well. And the addition of pickled capers seems spot on to me. Lovely, family-style summer pasta dish.

  38. Posted 27 Jul ’15 at 14:48 | #

    How perfectly lovely this recipe is! Love the addition of peaches here, great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  39. Posted 29 Jul ’15 at 00:13 | #

    Fantastiskt gott! Bytte ut olivoljan mot pesto och det var uppskattat i hela familjen, även av min kräsna syster!

  40. Amanda
    Posted 29 Jul ’15 at 03:49 | #

    Made this yesterday using Swiss chard instead of arugula and added chick peas and used spaghetti squash for noodles. It was awesome! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration

  41. Posted 29 Jul ’15 at 05:33 | #

    This is so beautiful! I love the idea of peaches and tomatoes together, although I have never thought to do the combination myself, oddly.

  42. Julia
    Posted 29 Jul ’15 at 19:27 | #

    This looks delicious! I always throw together a pasta, mozzarella and basil salad, but this takes it up to a whole new level. I may also add in the superfood radicchio, as I think the bitterness would go well with the peaches sweet flavor. Thank you so much for a new recipe!

  43. Olga
    Posted 29 Jul ’15 at 20:58 | #

    I just made this without capers and basil (didn’t have any) and with a dash of sherry vinegar. So delicious, so simple, so creative.. thank you!

  44. Chris
    Posted 30 Jul ’15 at 00:04 | #

    What a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  45. Posted 30 Jul ’15 at 14:38 | #

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
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  46. Sara
    Posted 31 Jul ’15 at 00:15 | #

    I made this Monday night and it was fantastic! I have a feeling this will be my go-to summer zoodle pasta. It satisfied many of my cravings all at once! Thanks, guys!

  47. Lisa
    Posted 1 Aug ’15 at 02:21 | #

    This came out delicious, thanks for sharing. I made it with gluten-free pasta recipe from Jamie Oliver’s website.

  48. Alva
    Posted 4 Aug ’15 at 01:01 | #

    Wauw, this salad is so simpel og yumi. And it actually tastes better than it looks. And that’s something!

  49. Posted 4 Aug ’15 at 16:21 | #

    Yum! This looks great, cannot wait to try it :)

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  50. Constanze
    Posted 4 Aug ’15 at 21:24 | #

    Made this salad tonight and it was incredible! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  51. Bernadette
    Posted 5 Aug ’15 at 00:06 | #

    This tastes amazing!! Thank you!

  52. Posted 6 Aug ’15 at 12:14 | #

    Perfect dish for sharing…the thing is I don’t think I would…I’d just eat it all by myself! ;)

  53. Posted 19 Aug ’15 at 08:31 | #

    Your photos are so nice! The foods looks so yummy and delicious and makes me mouth-watering. The recipe are so in details. Thanks for sharing.

  54. Jenny
    Posted 23 Nov ’15 at 18:21 | #

    This recipe tasted amazing, thank you for posting it. I used my absolute favourite bean pasta from explore-asian.com, they make a whole selection of gluten free, egg free and vegan pastas. I definitely recommend their products for recipes like this one!

  55. Posted 29 Jun ’16 at 21:53 | #

    I’m so excited to try this!! I’ve been looking for summer dinner ideas, and this one sounds perfect!

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