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Penne With Basil and Caciocavallo

If you have trouble finding caciocavallo cheese, you can substitute grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

  • Servings: 4
Penne With Basil and Caciocavallo

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005


  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound penne
  • 2 cups grated caciocavallo cheese, plus more for sprinkling and serving
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper


  1. Stir together basil, garlic, and oil in a serving bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add pasta; cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid; drain pasta.

  2. Add hot pasta, the cheese, pepper, and reserved cooking liquid to the basil mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with cheese, and drizzle with oil; garnish with basil. Serve with more cheese.

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