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Tomato Basil Pasta Salad


Fresh tomatoes and basil are the stars of this pasta salad! Bring the salad to room temperature before serving, so the cheeses have full flavor.

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  • 2 pounds plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped, about 8 to 10 medium
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, about 2 cups
  • 1 (1 pound) package rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Servings 1
Cooking time 145mins
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Step 1

In large bowl, mix tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, oil, basil and mozzarella cheese. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours to blend flavors.

Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.

In large serving bowl, mix cooked pasta and tomato mixture until well combined. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top of salad.

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