This pasta dish is wonderful served with a green salad. The best thing about it is that you can put this meal together in just a few minutes.

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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. Place the penne pasta in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

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  • In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes, Italian dressing, basil, red onion, and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

256.8 calories; 9.8 g protein; 46.9 g carbohydrates; 3.1 mg cholesterol; 247.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2007
Absolutley delicious summertime meal! I have always had a phobia of using uncooked, fresh tomatoes in a sauce but I've been converted! lol My husband loves red onions and Italian dressing so I decided to give this recipe a try. I used four beefsteak tomatoes (my plum romas were not ripe yet) that I picked from my garden and I seeded and diced them. Then I picked a big handful of basil and chopped that up. I added 1/2 cup of Good Seasons Salad dsg ( that I had made with balsamic vinegar...I noted that alot of recipes for fresh tomato sauce add balsamic vinegar so that is how I incorporated it into this one). Finally, I used angel hair because that is what I had. It is just an explosion of freshness and summer in your mouth when you eat this. I highly recommend! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/24/2013
This sounded good until you got to the part with the bottled dressing. Instead, I would have sauteed some garlic and olive oil and then proceeded from there. Read More
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208 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2007
Absolutley delicious summertime meal! I have always had a phobia of using uncooked, fresh tomatoes in a sauce but I've been converted! lol My husband loves red onions and Italian dressing so I decided to give this recipe a try. I used four beefsteak tomatoes (my plum romas were not ripe yet) that I picked from my garden and I seeded and diced them. Then I picked a big handful of basil and chopped that up. I added 1/2 cup of Good Seasons Salad dsg ( that I had made with balsamic vinegar...I noted that alot of recipes for fresh tomato sauce add balsamic vinegar so that is how I incorporated it into this one). Finally, I used angel hair because that is what I had. It is just an explosion of freshness and summer in your mouth when you eat this. I highly recommend! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2011
I just loved this but I don't use or buy Italian dressing and I omitted the raw onion - straight olive oil and a little fresh minced garlic worked for me instead. Served this with "Grandma Bogie's Parmesan Chicken," recipe also from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2007
This is excellent. I added about 1 teaspoon of miniced garlic. This is wonderful hot, but I liked it better as a nice refreshing macaroni salad! Also would consider adding a can of olives for the salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
This was fantastic.I made it tonight for dinner and we loved the flavor of all the mixture. I did like the other lady said about balsamic vinager. I used the bottle dressing. It was so good. I also chopped (In my food processor) celerey green onions & mushroom's very fine and sauteed them in olive oil and added them to the pasta and then added the chopped tomatoes. I tossed it all together with the other ingredient's while in the hot pan and served it warm. The olive oil that it was used to cook the veggies really added to it. It was so good. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2007
This was very quick easy and tasty. Very light for summer! I used Farfalle pasta 6 roma tomatoes chopped roasted red peppers and a small can of sliced black olives. I only had a handful of fresh basil so I used that plus some dried. I skipped the onion because my family doesn't care for it. I added more grated parm than called for in the recipe. Even my picky 8 year old liked this and my 12 year old said it was a keeper! Good warm and cold too!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2010
I had my doubts but it worked out just fine. I made it according to the recipe and I thought the dressing was a little overpowering. I then drizzled a little olive oil on it and it was much better. I'll be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2011
Quick easy and delicious! This is perfect for summer when fresh tomatoes are so abundant. I used angel hair pasta and opted out the red onion. For the "Italian dressing" I kept it very very simple and used a mix of olive oil and minced garlic. It doesn't get much better or much simpler than this! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/24/2013
This sounded good until you got to the part with the bottled dressing. Instead, I would have sauteed some garlic and olive oil and then proceeded from there. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2007
I'm not sure if this is supposed to be eaten warm or cold but I made it cold and it was a nice light pasta salad. It's easy to make and a great way to use basil and tomatoes from a garden. I used an Italian dressing mix and just threw all the ingredients together in the bowl rather than mixing it separately so I wound up using more dressing than the recipe called for but it's good that way. I made the dressing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil (I'll probably reduce the oil next time to make it healthier). After tasting the salad I added extra onion which I feel was an improvement. I think it would also benefit from more basil and maybe some garlic as suggested by other reviewers. Read More
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