Wednesdays Unplugged – Orzo Caprese Salad



"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." ~ Yiddish Proverb


NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!


After crazy few months I took off the week surrounding July 4th. It was an amazing gift of time to relax and 'catch up', plus time for visits from family and friends, plus a grandkid sleepover and a day at the zoo. Laughter and relaxation are indeed good (and necessary) for the soul.


This orzo pasta salad is from Barilla pasta… brought it to our July 4th cookout. Simple and fresh, yet another way to savor the flavors of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.


  • 16-ounce box Orzo Orzo caprese saladpasta
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 2 balls fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt. Cook pasta 1 minute under required cooking time, drain and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place on sheet tray to cool down.

In a blender combine: garlic, half of the pine nuts, and basil. Pulse for a few seconds. Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil to emulsify the pesto. Add half the Parmigiano and pulse. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.

In a large bowl combine pesto and pasta and stir to incorporate. Fold in remaining cheeses, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks


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