Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad Made for Summer

Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad Made for Summer

Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad is a perfect summertime light meal or side dish to bring to a backyard BBQ or potluck.  The recipe serves four, but can be doubled to make a larger batch.  I use a ton of  garlic, I LOVE garlic.  The grated Parmesan or Romano cheese finishes it off nicely.

The recipe calls for Penne Rigate, the pasta those little groves in it.  I prefer the grooved pasta since the marinade grabs on better.  

Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Marinate Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Perfect for a summertime light lunch. Taste great chilled or at room temperature.


  • 18-20 grape tomato's, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, pushed through a press
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or ripped
  • 2 cups dried penne rigate
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine everything but the basil leaves and penne. Set aside 30 minutes so the tomatoes have time to marinate.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain (don't rinse) and add the cooked Penne to the tomato mixture.
  • Add the basil.
  • Toss the Penne until well mixed.
  • Top with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
  • Serve at room temperature.


The prep time includes time needed to cook the Penne pasta.

Can also be made with thick spaghetti.

The longer the tomatoes marinate the more deep the flavor.

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  1. May 9, 2019 / 11:42 pm

    This looks super tasty!! I canโ€™t wait to give it a try! Itโ€™s all delicious ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A Weekend Cook
      May 10, 2019 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you! and don’t forget to add a little grated Parmesan.
      Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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