Caprese Pesto Linguine with Blistered Tomateos

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my tribute to the mozza caprese

linguine style

caprese linguine with pesto and blistered tomatoes


Last weekend Ian surprised us all with a last minutes getaway to San Diego.

If you haven’t heard, San Diego is my most favorite place on earth, okay maybe along with San Francisco, Paris, and Charleston. But you get the idea. I LOVE it. How can you not, it is seriously always sunny and 75 degrees.



caprese linguine with pesto and blistered tomatoes


Anyways, our first night there we ate at Pizzeria Mozza.




{when dining with kids}

I’ve made it my life’s mission to recreate Nancy Silverton’s pizza dough. But it wasn’t just the pizza that was amazing. We tried a little bit of a lot of things. The  meatballs…delish, bruschette …terrific, but the mozza caprese was To. Die. For. I wanted to share with NO ONE!

The caprese is made with burrata, pesto, and topped with blistered tomatoes. I could have eaten nothing but the caprese and been deliriously happy. It was that good, and had to be made at home.


caprese linguine with pesto and blistered tomatoes


While I consider bread, cheese, and tomatoes a meal, my kids do not agree, so I made it into a pasta dish.  A damn fine pasta dish if I do say so myself.

I was also feeling a bit lazy, so I used Trader Joe’s pesto, but you go ahead and make it fresh if you like.


Caprese Pesto Linguine with Blistered Tomateos


  • 1 lb linguine {cooked according to package}
  • pesto sauce {amount varies on your personal preference. I use only about 1/4 cup}
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 ounces of fresh burrata or mozzarella
  • a few basil leaves for garnish


  • to blister the tomatoes heat the olive oil in a skillet over high
  • add the tomatoes, and cook 2 minutes
  • carefully roll them over and cook another 2 minutes until blistered on both sides
  • season with salt
  • toss the cooked linguine with the pesto
  • add the the burrata {or mozzarella}
  • top with the tomatoes, and garnish with basil if using


This weekend I plan to eat my weight in the mozza caprese, but this pasta is definitely another great way to enjoy those same flavors.


caprese linguine with pesto and blistered tomatoes