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Pasta Salad With Summer Tomatoes, Basil and Olive Oil

by Suzie Bellomo on June 08, 2022

This summery dish is a huge hit for tomato lovers. It is a tangy, juicy tomato pasta salad. The key: very ripe tomatoes marinated with capers, garlic, basil and lots of good olive oil until they almost fall apart. This helps to create a wonderfully soupy dressing for the pasta.


  • 2 pounds very ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup drained capers or sliced olives
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated or mashed to a paste
  •  Kosher salt, as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 large basil sprig, plus 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 3 oil-packed anchovy fillets, minced (optional)
  • ½ cup Il Fusti Olive Oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 pound short pasta, such as campanelle, fusilli or farfalle
  • Optional: cubes of fresh mozzarella, or bocconcini for a creamy addition.


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, capers, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, red-pepper flakes, the whole basil sprig and anchovies if using. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup oil. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. The tomatoes should be heavily seasoned.
  2. Let tomatoes marinate for at least 1 hour and preferably 2 to 3.
  3. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until it is just al dente, usually a minute less than the package instructions. Drain well. Add to bowl with tomatoes while still warm and toss well.
  4. Let pasta cool, soaking up the dressing. Let pasta sit at room temperature for at least another hour and up to 6 hours before serving. Or chill for up to 24 hours; bring to room temperature before serving.
  5. Just before serving, gently fold in torn basil leaves. Top with more olive oil and cracked black pepper before serving. Adapted from NY Times Cooking
1 comment
by Linda Arnold on May 01, 2023

Great recipe, quick and easy! And of course I used my Il fusti estate olive oil!


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