July 5, 2022

Tomato Basil Pasta

Penne pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil

Summer Pasta Salad

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


Fresh basil

Cherry tomaotes

Penne pasta

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt or Celtic salt


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.  



Many of the recipes I share have guidelines rather than exact measurements, since I often cook "au pif" as we say in France, meaning by feel.  It is possible to pull together great meals quickly without relying on recipes when you cook by feel, or Kitchen Intuition as I call it.  You can write to me anytime if you have questions.

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