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Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

An image of prepared Tomato Basil Pasta Salad made with Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup, cavatappi pasta, roasted red pepper, almonds, garlic, tomatoes and basil.
  • prep time: 10 min
  • total time: 30 min
  • serves: 8 people
  • calories: 359 1 serving

This is no ordinary pasta salad.  The "dressing" is inspired by Spanish romesco sauce, a rich and flavorful mixture of tomato, roasted red pepper and garlic blended with almonds to thicken and add texture.  The full flavors in this pasta salad recipe are perfectly balanced thanks to the base of Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup, with lemon and basil adding pops of freshness.  Blend the dressing while the pasta is cooking, toss with fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and grated lemon zest.  This pasta salad is ready in just 30 minutes- perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend cookout!


  • 1 pound uncooked cavatappi pasta
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red bell pepper, drained
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole roasted unsalted almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups assorted cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (you can add more to taste)


  • Tips

    • If your salad needs a little more moisture, you can stir in 1 tablespoon water and a drizzle of olive oil just before serving.
  • Step 1

    Cook the cavatappi according to the package directions.  Drain and let cool.

  • Step 2

    While the cavatappi is cooking, add the soup, roasted peppers, lemon juice, olive oil, almonds, garlic and black pepper to a blender.  Cover and blend until the mixture is smooth.

  • Step 3

    Place the cooked cavatappi into a large bowl.  Add the soup mixture and toss to coat.  Stir in the basil and lemon zest.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

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Calories 359
Total Fat 11 g
Sat. Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 244 mg
Total Carb 56 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugar 9 g
Protein 10 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 14 %DV
Potassium 13 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.