Tomato and Basil Pasta

5 from 5 votes

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This fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta is an all time favorite dish in our family. We eat this all summer long when we have ripe tomatoes from the garden.

Close up of Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta in a black bowl.

Tomato and Basil Pasta

This fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta is the perfect solution to using up those extra garden tomatoes. When the first tomatoes come on in the summer, this is the FIRST thing we will make. This pasta is a little different than your traditional hot pastas because you dice the tomatoes and mozzarella, marinate them in a delicious red wine vinegar and olive oil mixture, and serve it cold over hot/warm pasta. It also tastes great the next day when all the flavors have had time to set. We are crazy about it.

Some Variations To Try

This is also the perfect mixture to serve over baguette bread and serve as bruschetta. Instead of using red wine vinegar, use balsamic and the flavor is out of this world. We almost ALWAYS use fresh basil with this recipe but if you must, you can use dried basil and it will still be good. We just like to use as many fresh ingredients from the garden as possible. We have also used cherry tomatoes in place of regular-sized and it is wonderful. I especially love using the “sun gold” variety. We always seem to get more cherry tomatoes than what we know what to do with and this is a great way to use them up.

If you are looking for a delicious, light summer meal you definitely want to give this Tomato and Basil Pasta a try! I’m sure it’s in my husband’s top five favorite foods. Every time we make it for guests or Summer BBQs we get rave reviews and everyone asking for the recipe. It is a light, fresh dish that is full of flavor. You are going to love it! If you are looking for more delicious pasta recipes, try our Baked Feta Pasta!

Serve It On The Side

This dish makes a great full meal, or you can serve it on the side of a delicious Instant Pot Chicken Breast to add a little more protein to your plate. Or, as we mentioned above, pair it with some great French bread. You can even add a little Herbed Butter to the bread for a special treat.

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How to Make Tomato and Basil Pasta

Close up of Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta in a black bowl.

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta

5 from 5 votes
This Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta is an all time favorite dish in our family. We eat this all summer long when we have ripe tomatoes from the garden.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Refrigerate 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


In a large bowl mix together:


  • Let this mixture marinade in the fridge for at least 3 hours then serve cold over your favorite hot pasta. It is a really flavorful and fresh meal you will love!

For Bruschetta:

  • Exchange red wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar and serve over sliced baguette bread. Yum!



Nutrition does not include pasta or baguette.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 299mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 17.1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.5mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    The absolute perfect summer pasta – with basil and tomatoes fresh from the garden this is absolutely delicious!

  2. I make something from your blog at least once, usually more, a week! Love what you do. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I can’t get enough of it! It is THE BEST with home-grown tomatoes! We made it all the time last summer. Thanks for posting this, Ems. That bread looks awesome too!