Back to School and Caprese Pasta Salad

Today is the day.  Back to school.

First day of senior year. Man, this has been a long time coming!  I’m excited and nervous.

Crazy RIT.

At least I was able to squeeze in a little Labor Day fun yesterday.

We went to Buffalo for a family picnic.

I baked cupcakes.

My first foray in cake decorating.

Nothing healthy or interesting about these, folks.  Boxed cake and frosting.  Just fun to mess around with. 🙂

I wish I I had a few more hours yesterday morning to play with my decorating tips.  I need some more practice.  Anybody want cupcakes?

I also made a quick ‘n easy pasta salad.

Caprese Pasta Salad

Prep time: 30 minutes


  • 16 oz bow tie pasta
  • 1 container of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 16 oz mozzarella
  • large handful of fresh basil
  • light Italian dressing
  • ground black pepper


  1. Cook your pasta according to package.  Rinse with cold water and drain well.  Transfer to large bowl, pour a little Italian dressing, and toss to prevent sticking.
  2. Halve grape tomatoes, cut mozzarella into bite size pieces, and chop basil.  Add to pasta bowl.
  3. Add more Italian dressing (about a cup) and black pepper to bowl, toss.
  4. Refrigerate before serving.

This salad is light and refreshing, but could be beefed up with whatever you have on hand.  Add olives, artichokes, grilled tofu… the possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Question: Are you doing anything fun for the holiday?


3 thoughts on “Back to School and Caprese Pasta Salad

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