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

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.

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.

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.

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.

zhuoxinyu's Review

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

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!

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.

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.