Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Brecker
Total Time
20 Mins
Makes 6 servings

When the temperature climbs, dinner cravings often tend toward light and simple. Make a pasta dish that's packed with the freshest of ingredients, including mozzarella, garlic, basil, and, of course, tomatoes. A little olive oil adds a punch of flavor that rounds out the simple sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tbsp. salt and the penne; cook pasta until just tender to the bite. While pasta is cooking, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic, and basil in a large bowl. Add olive oil and remaining salt to tomato mixture.

Step 2

Drain pasta, add to tomato mixture, and toss. Add salt to taste. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold (as a pasta salad).

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

charoulli's Review

February 23, 2014
This was only ok. I have other recipes with fresh tomatoes that have much greater taste than this one. Tossing out, but not bad.

zhuoxinyu's Review

July 31, 2013
looooooooooooooove it! best pasta receipt ever!!!!!!!!! sharing with everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

chefmarynorton's Review

July 30, 2013

hammonl's Review

August 18, 2012
As another reviewer stated, I added Italian seasoning. I also added pine nuts. This makes a very enjoyable side dish that I plan to make again.

LouisePearl's Review

September 02, 2011
This is a good way to use your fresh tomatoes and basil, straight out of the garden. I think I was too heavy handed with the garlic, but it was still good. I like the idea that the leftovers will be a salad! This way I already have another meal prepared!

Keiko123's Review

July 09, 2011
The basic salad recipe is good..and easy. But it is in dire need of seasoning. I added some dried italian seasoning and sea salt. The other thing I think that would spice it up a bit is a little bit of the dried "Good Seasons" Italian herb salad dressing mix..It got rave reviews from the guests at my party, but I'm certain if I hadn't added seasoning nobody would have eaten it. I will make it again, though, because it was so easy.

Smgarrett's Review

May 01, 2011
Quick, easy and Delicious! I've made this several times and it's always a big hit.

LaraRR's Review

July 07, 2010
I thought this salad was very bland. No interesting flavors. I still have it in the fridge b/c we haven't eaten it all yet.

user's Review

September 13, 2009
Fresh ingredients are a must for this but I found it delish. cutting up the basil took a bit of time but was so worth it.

AnnaGene's Review

September 09, 2009
Delicious! A great way to use fresh garden tomatoes and basil! I will make it again and plan to share this recipe with friends.