This is a great pasta that can be eaten at room temperature or as a cold salad. Instant, sophisticated meal or side dish! And colorful, too. Any type of twisty or unusually shaped pasta works well.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • In a large bowl, gently toss the cooked pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

345.1 calories; 8.4 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2006
I've been making this one for quite awhile with two ingredient additions--mozzarella & a dash of cayenne pepper. I keep the rest of the ingredients the same but I do change the method! In a large bowl I mix the olive oil with the minced garlic salt and a dash of cayenne pepper and mash them altogether to infuse the OO with flavor. I soak the roma tomatoes (2-3x more than recipe calls for) in the OO mixture since the tomatoes hold more flavor than any other ingredient. I then add cubed mozzarella and the cooked bowtie pasta mix it altogether THEN scoop out 1-2cups at a time and saute it in a skillet over high heat until the mozzarella is bubbly and going brown adding the basil at the end so it doesn't get brittle and overcooked. And I plate it. DELISH! Helped me woo my husband when we were dating; he still remembers this simple dish as one of his faves that I make.;-) Thanks CookinGirl! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/24/2011
Kind of bland. Used garlic and olive oil couscous and extra artichoke marinade. Read More
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121 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2006
I've been making this one for quite awhile with two ingredient additions--mozzarella & a dash of cayenne pepper. I keep the rest of the ingredients the same but I do change the method! In a large bowl I mix the olive oil with the minced garlic salt and a dash of cayenne pepper and mash them altogether to infuse the OO with flavor. I soak the roma tomatoes (2-3x more than recipe calls for) in the OO mixture since the tomatoes hold more flavor than any other ingredient. I then add cubed mozzarella and the cooked bowtie pasta mix it altogether THEN scoop out 1-2cups at a time and saute it in a skillet over high heat until the mozzarella is bubbly and going brown adding the basil at the end so it doesn't get brittle and overcooked. And I plate it. DELISH! Helped me woo my husband when we were dating; he still remembers this simple dish as one of his faves that I make.;-) Thanks CookinGirl! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
Definitely easy and always delicious! Tomato and basil are a classic combination and when they pair with pasta it's bound to be good. I cut the recipe in half and used more tomatoes a bit less olive oil and added 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes. I topped it with shredded Parmesan before serving. This is a very versatile recipe that you can suite to your own tastes - use your favorite pasta add a splash or red wine vinegar or balsamic throw in some capers feta cheese mozzarella or Parmesan. No matter what you do it's gonna be tasty. Overall a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2006
I enjoy making this pasta dish often. I added more tomatoes, some crumbled (plain) feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
As an Italian gal lucky enough to grow up with great Italian food this is classic Italian cooking at it's simplest and best and I'm so glad it's been submitted in recipe form so even those not familiar with it will give it a try. Simple preparation with fresh in season tomatoes and basil it's as good as a quick satisfying meal as it is a pretty and flavorful side dish. No changes or additions are necessary though unlike hubby I like freshly grated Parmesan on mine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2007
Wow!!! Awesome!!! LOVED IT! I am hoping to make this one again VERY SOON! Also I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of chopping tomatoes and instead of fresh basil I used one-eighth of a cup (2 tablespoons) of dried basil. Delicious! THANKS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2006
Excellent. I happen to have (fresh from the farm) Roma tomatoes and basil so I had to make this. Of course I added extra tomatoes basil and garlic and used less olive oil...also added parm cheese...what a treat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2006
This recipe was pretty good and perfect for a quick last-minute meal. I think it would have been better with more tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2005
Something new and different from the pasta salad I usually make. I put some parmesan on it which was very good if I make it again I'll add olives. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
This really hit the spot! This is an awesome EASY vegan recipe. I made these modifications...mixed tomato 4 garlic cloves minced chopped basil and olive oil 2 hours in advance and let it sit out to room temperature sauted a chopped onion in olive oil until soft. Added the tomato mixture to the onion for about 2 minutes just to warm it. Tossed with pasta and 1/2 small can of diced olives (like the picture). Salt pepper done! It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/24/2011
Kind of bland. Used garlic and olive oil couscous and extra artichoke marinade. Read More
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