Two Cheese Pasta Salad

Tri-color penne, tomato, basil, and mozzarella brighten up this cold lemon pasta salad recipe that's perfect on hot summer days.

  • 505
  • 20g
    total fat
  • 60g
    total carbohydrate
  • 21g
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Simple Cold Italian Pasta Salad

Just a few ingredients can give you a very colorful, very tasty summer dish. Our cold lemon pasta salad recipe is made with tri-color penne pasta, lemon juice, and traditional ingredients like tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Enjoy this cold pasta salad especially in the heat of the summer. Perfect for any occasion, the tri-color scheme will remind you of everything you need when summer arrives: sun, company, and a classic pasta salad.


Serves 6 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Tri-Color Penne
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 each tomatoes diced
  • ½ lb.fresh mozzarella diced
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shredded
  • 8 basil leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. 1
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt and cook penne pasta 1 minute less than package directions.
  2. 2
    Drain tri-color penne and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, set aside.
  3. 3
    Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes and basil in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  4. 4
    Add cold tri-color penne and stir to combine.
  5. 5
    Add cheese and mix well. Serve cold pasta salad.
  6. 6
    Add cheese and mix well

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