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Caprese Pasta Marinara

We love this easy Caprese Pasta Marinara! It is so simple but packed with flavor. Marinated tomatoes are the highlight of this one, with fresh homemade marinara, a generous slice of fresh mozzarella, and don’t skip the fresh basil! Pile this on top of a twirl of spaghetti, linguine, or bucatini.

Caprese Pasta Marinara Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple way to dress up homemade marinara sauce, we’ve got just the thing! Bring in the flavor of a classic Caprese, but make it into a meal! Add a sauteed chicken breast for a little additional protein, but that’s totally optional. This dish is perfect as a vegetarian meal too.

You’ll most often see caprese as a salad, or in pasta form it is very commonly served cold as a pasta salad.

Not this time! We wanted to make a meal of it!

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Marinara Ingredients

If you have a favorite jarred marinara, feel free to sub that in here. This version is homemade, and you can see the recipe for it below, or fully detailed in our homemade marinara recipe post.

Caprese Pasta Ingredients

  • Fresh mozzarella slices
  • Olive Oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh ripe tomato
  • Pasta
Caprese Pasta Marinara on a black plate sitting on a brown wood table with basil and fresh mozzarella on top

How to make Caprese Pasta Marinara

Making this is so easy! Here’s the overview so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Step 1 – Make (or heat) your marinara

Either mix it up and get it simmering or open up the jar and get it simmering. You do you!

Step 2 – Marinate the tomatoes

Slice your tomatoes into 1/4″ thick slices. Place them in a shallow bowl and drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar, sprinkle with minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Let them marinate while the rest of the meal cooks.

Step 3 – Prepare pasta

Put a big pot of water on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil. Don’t skimp on the salt, either! Give it a taste once you think you have enough. It should taste as salty as seawater. Boil the pasta until it is cooked al dente, drain and toss with olive oil and give it a sprinkle of salt (the flakey kind, if you’ve got it.)

Step 4 – Assemble & eat

Slice your fresh mozzarella and set it aside. Place a generous twist of hot cooked pasta on the plate, immediately topped by a scoop of bubbling marinara. Next goes the cheese, tomato, and basil leaf. The hot pasta and sauce will heat the cheese a bit, though if you want to give it a full melt a minute under the broiler (minus the basil leaf) would be your best friend.

What else can you serve with Caprese Pasta Marinara?

This pasta is perfect for a light lunch, but if you want to really do it up for dinner I’ve got so many suggestions for you! Most of these are from our sister site,

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Caprese Pasta Marinara

Caprese Pasta Marinara

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Fresh tomatoes are marinated and then put on top of a bed of fresh pasta with mozzarella, basil, and a heap of hot marinara for one of the best plates of pasta you'll ever eat.


  • 1 pound uncooked pasta
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 6 slices fresh tomato
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 14 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper
  • 6 fresh basil leaves


  1. Place the marinara in a pot on the stove over medium-low heat, and let come to a simmer. Keep it hot while the rest of the food cooks.
  2. Mix together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4" thick slices and pour the marinade over the top.
  3. Put a pot of salted water on the stove over high heat to boil. Cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain and toss with olive oil and sprinkle with a touch of salt.
  4. Slice your fresh mozzarella. Place a generous twist of hot cooked pasta on the plate, top with about 1/2 cup of hot marinara sauce. Put on the cheese, tomato, and basil leaf next.
  5. If desired, place the plate under a broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. (Remove the basil before doing this, though!)

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 605Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 821mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 17g
Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious homemade marinara sauce recipe that's ready in just 30 minutes! Serve with fresh grated parmesan and garlic bread.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can Italian Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesiano Reggiano


  1. Chop the onions and garlic. Put the olive oil in your stockpot and heat over medium-low heat.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic until they are getting soft, about 5 minutes, and pour in the wine.
  3. Simmer the wine, onions, and garlic for another 5 minutes or so, and then add in the whole tomatoes.
  4. Break up the whole tomatoes with a spatula (or my new favorite kitchen tool, what I lovingly call my "multichopper"), and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the crushed tomatoes and the Italian Seasoning. Stir, and salt to taste. How much you'll need depends on how much salt is in the particular tomatoes you use. If you use the brands that I did, you will likely need about a teaspoon or so, but that also depends on your specific tastes.
  6. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve over fresh, hot pasta, and garnish with freshly shaved or grated parmesan.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
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