Tomato Basil Pasta – Garden Fresh

Tomato Basil Pasta is a cool, refreshing meal on a hot Summer night. With fresh tomato and basil, it's a great main dish, but also makes a terrific side.
Tomato Basil Pasta is a cool, refreshing meal on a hot Summer night. With fresh tomato and basil, it’s a great main dish, but also makes a terrific side.

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Cold Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta is one of our favorite Summer go-to meals. The fresh ingredients from my garden make it perfect as a cold meal when it’s just too darn hot to cook. We also tend to spend a lot of time in the sun, hot food just isn’t appetizing.

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Basil is ALWAYS a good idea!

I love, love, love fresh basil and will add it to just about anything. Usually I plant somewhere between 6 and 8 plants every Spring and it never goes to waste.  Basil is terrific for freezing or making infused oil for recipes, so we end up using every single leaf! For this recipe, the flavors of the tomato and mozzarella just make my basil that much sweeter. If you don’t have the luxury of basil growing in your own garden, you can find it on Amazon!

Fresh Sweet Basil is actually available on Amazon!

Hot or cold, mozzarella makes everything better

As I mentioned, we like it cold, but you can also serve hot.  You can either throw all the ingredients into a bowl and skip refrigerating, or saute the basil, tomato, and seasonings in the olive oil and lemon juice first.  Remove from heat, add pasta, and stir in your mozzarella while still hot.  You won’t have the yummy chunks of cheese, but you will have a nice creamy sauce.

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Either way you decide to place this dish on your table, I’m sure it will be a huge hit!  Toast some garlic bread to go with it, or tear a loaf of Italian bread into chunks and serve with an olive oil dipping sauce.

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Keep creating. I know I will!

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Tomato Basil Pasta
On hot summer evenings, a cool refreshing meal can be the best thing. With fresh tomato and basil, your taste buds will sing! Tomato Basil Pasta is great for a main dish, but also makes a terrific side.
Tomato Basil Pasta is a cool, refreshing meal on a hot Summer night. With fresh tomato and basil, it's a great main dish, but also makes a terrific side.
Course Main Dish, Side
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Side
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Tomato Basil Pasta is a cool, refreshing meal on a hot Summer night. With fresh tomato and basil, it's a great main dish, but also makes a terrific side.
Instructions
  1. Boil Pasta for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on desired doneness, I prefer less for firmer pasta.
  2. While pasta is cooking, slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into small bite sized pieces; mince (or snip with scissors like I do) basil into tiny pieces.
  3. Drain pasta. Rinse if prefered to remove excess starch, but oil will stick better if left unrinsed.
  4. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Refrigerate covered for at least an hour.
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9 thoughts on “Tomato Basil Pasta – Garden Fresh

  1. That sounds soo yummy! I love cold pasta salads, especially if they have tomatoes in them. I haven’t had much fresh basil. Apparently I’m really missing out, but of course, fresh anything is always better. Thanks for sharing it at Sweet Inspiration this week!

    1. Oh, the dried version definitely has no comparison with fresh. And it’s so easy to grow, even for my brown thumb! Thank you for coming by!

    1. The tomato and basil just go so nicely together. It’s definitely worth a go. Thank you for coming and pinning!

    1. The mozzarella and olive oil are just the perfect compliment. I can’t get enough of basil! Thank you for visiting!

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