Family Dinner at Home Made Easy: How to Make The Gables’ Pappardelle Caprese Pasta

Stuck in the house but love to cook? Here’s a recipe that’s easy to pull together, and it feeds a family of four. Bonus: It scales up well for larger families, too!

There are four parts to this dish, which means you can keep the kids occupied by enlisting them as sous chefs. Depending on age and skill-level the kiddos may:

  1. Measure out most items.

  2. Mix breadcrumbs and cheese together, and spread them on the baking sheet.

  3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs with salt, pepper and parsley to finish them off.

  4. Watch that the garlic doesn’t burn.

  5. Process the pesto ingredients in the food processor or blender.

  6. Slice veggies.

  7. Stir and finish the pappardelle.

Our Executive Chef Darryl Butts loves this dish because it’s a one-plate meal and includes pasta, lots of veggies, and fresh cheese. He notes that you can always add a “mild” protein, such as a white fish, chicken or tofu. Pro tip: Stick with mild proteins only, as a hearty fish, like salmon, a robust soy like tempeh, or beef could overwhelm the dish’s variety of flavors. 

Executive Chef Darryl Butts says he loves this recipe for The Gables’ Pappardelle Caprese Pasta

Let’s get started! Here’s the recipe: 

The Gables’ Pappardelle Caprese Pasta

Serves 4

Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 to 10 minutes

Total time: 10 to 15 minutes


  1. 3/4 cups of panko breadcrumbs

  2. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

  3. 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper

  4. 1 1/2 cups chopped parsley


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Mix bread crumbs and cheese together, then place on a greased baking sheet and bake until golden — not brown.

3. Let cool, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley and mix.

Garlic Oil

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 to 15 minutes

Total time: 15 to 20 minutes


  1. 2 cups olive oil

  2. 16 cloves garlic, peeled


1. Combine oil and garlic in a small sauce pan.

2. Heat over a medium flame until garlic turns golden in color; remove from heat and let cool. 

3. Once cool, pour oil through a sieve into a storage container; discard garlic.

Food safety note: Leftover homemade garlic oil must be kept refrigerated. 


Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


  1. 2 ounces fresh basil

  2. 2 ounces fresh parsley

  3. 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled

  4. 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

  5. 2 cups olive oil


1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. No food processor? Use a blender (may take a few blends to process).

Bring it all Together: The Gables’ Pappardelle Caprese Pasta


  1. 2 ounces garlic oil

  2. 4 ounces asparagus tips

  3. 2 ounces mushrooms, sliced (you choose the type)

  4. 6 ounces spinach, chopped

  5. 2 tablespoons pesto

  6. 12 ounces pappardelle pasta, cooked according to package directions 

  7. Salt and pepper, to taste

  8. 6 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  9. 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced

  10. 2 ounces Parmesan bread crumbs


1. Pour garlic oil into saute pan; heat on medium until hot.

2. Add asparagus tips and saute for 15 seconds.

3. Add mushrooms, spinach, pesto, and pasta.

4. Stir thoroughly, then add salt and pepper, and tomatoes.

5. Pour into bowl and top with mozzarella and Parmesan bread crumbs. 


A friendly reminder that The Gables at Chadds Ford is here to serve you with takeout as we honor the government’s stay-at-home rules. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful venue when these challenging times are behind us. We’re nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley and feature fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm, and enchanting outdoor dining (in season). The Gables is also the perfect venue to host a special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

All photos courtesy of The Gables at Chadds Ford

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