Tortellini Caprese Salad

I love Caprese Salad. I could eat it daily. I love it so much I have incorporated it in two recipes now. The first was my Caprese Pizza and now my Tortellini Caprese Salad.

Ingredients:
1 package of frozen tortellini (my bag was 1 pound 3 ounces)
1 container of grape tomatoes
I package of fresh mozzarella pearls
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 heaping cup scallions, mine were tiny, I used green and white snipped with kitchen shears
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Basil leaves, I love basil and I had some tiny new leaves and I snipped probably 8 leaves total (use as many as you like, to taste)
Balsamic Glaze on top as garnish (can be purchased at grocery store near vinegars)

Prepare frozen tortellini according to package directions. My package was cooked in 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until tortellini is cool. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except balsamic glaze. Drizzle balsamic glaze, garnish with additional basil leaves if desired. Manga, manga!

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Caprese Pizza With Balsamic Glaze

I think I could eat Caprese Salad everyday. Because I love this salad and having mini pizza crust leftover from grandsons visit, I created my favorite pizza ever!

Ingredients:
Mini pizza crust (I used Mama Mia)
3 slices of mozzarella cheese (I bought a few slices at the deli)
1 tomato, sliced thin
Basil leaves (I use a lot because I ❤️it)
Parmesan cheese
Salt
Oil
Balsamic glaze, can be purchased at grocery store

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice tomato thin, lay slices on paper towels and salt both sides. This will draw some of the liquid out of the tomato slices. Lightly brush pizza crust with Olive or vegetable oil on both sides. Cover entire top of pizza crust with the sliced mozzarella cheese. (I tore cheese to cover the surface) Before putting tomatoes on top of cheese, place a paper towel on top and lightly press to get any excess liquid out. Cover cheese with tomatoes and basil leaves. Sprinkle top of pizza with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 7 – 9 minutes.

Remove from oven and drizzle balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction on top of pizza. Balsamic glaze can be made at home by reducing balsamic vinegar into a syrup or it can be purchased in the grocery store near the vinegar aisle.

Slice pizza and enjoy!

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