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Penne with Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Penne with Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil is a really easy Italian summer pasta dish. It's even more delicious at room temperature. If you don't like the tuna, leave it out.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: one pot dinner, pasta, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Author: Lora


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 balls medium sized of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • handful of sliced basil
  • can of Albacore tuna optional
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • dash balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice mozzarella in little chunks. In a large bowl, add the mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, and basil (and tuna, if you are using it).
  • Cook pasta until it’s al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and toss it into the bowl with the mozzarella mixture.
  • Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix with a large spoon until it’s all incorporated. Check flavor and add salt and pepper, if needed.