Tomato-Basil Pasta Salad

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins

I got the basis for this recipe from my cousin's wife, who absolutely adores the taste of fresh basil! This is a great, simple summer pasta salad, with a nice light blend of flavors. FRESH basil is a must on this one!! This salad is great alongside BBQ chicken. Easy, and yummy!! Prep. time includes marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil.
  2. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, and rinse under cold water; drain.
  4. Mix pasta with tomato mixture until well-combined.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve with additional Parmesan, if desired.
Most Helpful

Manda, as I sit here eating this delicious pasta salad I will tell you that this recipe is excellent! So very easy to make and so very full of flavor! I do love a good pasta salad and this is one of the best, most refreshing ones I have tried. This would be great for a picnic, summertime supper or even as a quick lunch the next day! Could very easily be packed into a lunch to take along. Thank you for submitting this wonderful recipe, Manda! I will definitely be making this one again!

Bev July 29, 2002

I have made this pasta salad about 5 times now and think it is absolutely wonderful. It is very easy to make and quite delicious. I like using flavored oils such as garlic or hot peppers. I also add a couple more tablespoons of oil. To spice it up a bit I like to finely mince a jalapeno and add it in too.

acid. March 06, 2003

Delicious. I left the Parmesan cheese out so people could add or omit and everyone loved it, even my toddler wanted more. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

Lux1218 July 06, 2010