Summer Bowtie Pasta Salad

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This is one of our very favorite summertime recipes. It is another of my mother-in-law’s recipes. She is a wonderful cook. I always make this with the tomatoes and just pick mine out—it’s easy because they are big. And Mr. V eats mine for me.


Summer Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. hot pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves, slivered (I am not a huge fresh herb person so I go towards the lower end)
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta (farfalle, if you are getting fancy)
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed


Halve tomatoes over a bowl to keep the juices. Add all ingredients other than the pasta and cheese and whisk together well. Let sit at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain pasta and mix it in. Add cheese hunks. Cover for 2-3 minutes to let cheese melt slightly. Then stir together again and serve.

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MMMM! It is warm—although you can serve it cold and it’s just as good—but not heavy. It also makes a ton and will feed a big family or a little family like ours for a few days.

For more summer recipes, check out this post at Big Mama’s blog.

Added to the Harvest Party, Ingredient Spotlight: Pasta and Basil, and Ingredient Spotlight: Garlic.   

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7 thoughts on “Summer Bowtie Pasta Salad

    • You should really try this one if you haven’t! It’s simple but really, super delicious. I am bummed I haven’t been able to make it this summer because my baby doesn’t tolerate me eating dairy.

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