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July 5, 2022

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Penne pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
Tomato Basil Pasta Salad 6
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Summer Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes

This summer pasta salad is perfect for picnics and last-minute dinners with friends. The basil and tomato make this dish fresh and light so serving it at room temp is perfect. 

  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Fresh basil

Cherry tomaotes

Penne pasta

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt or Celtic salt

Instructions

Cook the penne pasta reducing the cooking time on the package by 1 1/2 to two minutes to cook the pasta al dente.  Do not rinse the pasta. 

Toss the pasta with a lot of fresh basil, cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half ( or any other ripe tomatoes). This can be made ahead.

Toss with olive oil and salt before serving.  

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