1. Preheat the broiler. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under colder water to stop the cooking. Shake off excess water.
5. Squeeze the garlic from its skins onto a cutting board.
6. Add 1/2 tsp salt , mince and mash the garlic into a paste with a large knife.
8. Add the garlic paste and drizzle with olive oil. Finely grate about 1 tsp of lemon zest into the bowl and squeeze in all of the lemon juice. Add the bocconcini, basil, almonds, pasta 1 tsp of salt and pepper to taste. ( this is where I added the optional paprika, and garlic powder)Toss and serve.