Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

A real Italian pasta salad! Great for a light summertime meal or a delicious light lunch. My husband loves this pasta and its so quick & easy to make. This recipe was passed down from a friend who's has traveled to Italy and agrees to the authenticity!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta till al dente.
  2. Drain.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Toss with cooked pasta.
  5. Garnish with cheese and adjust seasonings.
Most Helpful

Every easy and open to variation to suit any need.

karensamuelson April 17, 2009

I used 1/2 a lemon, adding a little zest to the salad. I used 2 T. olive oil, and 1 tsp. dried basil. After mincing the garlic, I let it soak in the olive oil while the pasta cooked. I used about 1/2 tsp. salt, solid white albacore tuna packed in water (drained & flaked), liberal pepper and about 1/4 c. fresh Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano). The flavor was light and refreshing: not too tuna, not too lemony, not too basil...and the penne adds a nice texture. Made for a great lunch. Thanks!

vrvrvr December 31, 2003