I used Fresh Bocconcini for the protein
also maybe black olives instead of the green
It's up to you, anything goes really
About 400 gms ripe tomatoes, halved or quartered if small, diced if large
1 punnet Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (or Bocconcini ), torn
1/2 cup pitted Green Sicilian Olives, chopped,
3 tablespoons capers (optional)
1 red chili seeded and finely chopped (optional)
⅔ cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, mint, chives, cilantro, scallion tops, or a combination), more for garnish
Freshly grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)
About 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
500 short pasta, like fusilli, farfalle or penne
½ cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
Up to 4 hours before serving,
Put tomatoes in a large bowl and sprinkle all over with salt.
Add olives capers, chili,herbs and zest.
Add olive oil, pepper to taste and stir gently,
Cover and set aside at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Drain very well.
Add Mozzarella and Basil then
Tomatoes and pasta, combine well,
Taste and add more oil, salt and pepper if needed
Sprinkle with pine nuts, if using,