Super Simple Summer Garden Pasta

Super Simple Summer Garden Pasta

Super Simple Summer Garden Pasta
Super Simple Summer Garden Pasta

Summer means icy popsicles, cold glasses of lemonade and endless amounts of this Super Simple Summer Garden Pasta. This fresh pasta salad recipe contains tasty tomatoes, mouthwatering mozzarella and palatable Parmesan sprinkled on top of some bow tie pasta. This Italian dish is the perfect light lunch to have while sitting out on your porch enjoying the summer sun. To top the whole recipe off, add some fresh basil leaves for an extra punch of flavor. Get ready to meet your new favorite easy pasta meal!


Makes6 Servings

Type of DishPasta


  • 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 10 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 12 ounces bow tie pasta, cooked al dente according to package directions
  • 3 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, basil and olive oil. Toss well to combine.

  2. Mix in the the cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

  3. Serve room temperature or chill.

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This looks positively delicious. I love simple to make pasta salads and this is a great recipe. We're growing some fresh basil, but I'm ready to get some from the store right now to make this up. I could easily see adding some green onions to this, plus perhaps some broccoli. Both would add to the salad without overpowering it.

Now this is my kind of food, I usually eat Greek salads with green onions and the added touch of a little maple syrup.

I like to make cold Greek pasta salad. I usually use pasta shells and make my own dressing with garlic, lemon, olive oil and oregano. I add onions, peppers, cucumbers, seeded tomatoes, mix together and chill.

Hubby most likes my multi-color spirals in a tasty salad with plenty of veggies.


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