Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Pasta Salad

During the holiday season, I am ALL about easy meals. Based on the results of our recent Instagram poll, I’m betting you are too! This Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Pasta Salad comes together in about the time it takes for pasta to boil. It is packed full of incredible flavor and is sure to balance out some of those cookies you’ve been noshing on.

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2 white bowls filled with pasta are topped with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil ribbons. The bowls are on a wooden table top with black linen napkins and metal forks. There is a small handmade bowl filled with more balls of mozzarella and basil leaves. At the back of the table there is a white enamel roasting pan with red edges that has roasted tomatoes in it.

This Caprese Pasta Salad is perfect for those hectic days.

Look, I love the holidays. But between our day to day responsibilities and all of the hustle and bustle of the season, I am whooped by the time it comes to preparing dinner. If it weren’t for a handful of trusty, fast, and easy recipes like this one, we would probably be hitting up the drive thru line more often than I care to admit.

A white bowl is filled with ingredients of a caprese pasta salad.: pasta, oven roasted tomatoes, basil ribbons, and mozzarella balls. The bowl is on a weathered wooden table top along with a small bowl of mozzarella;la and basil and a shallow dish of ground pepper.

Just because this meal is FAST doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy!

Red and green penne pasta is being poured from a large cream colored mixing bowl into a smaller white serving bowl. The serving bowl is sitting on top of a weathered wooden table top.

Lentil pasta gives this Caprese Pasta Salad extra nutrition without sacrificing flavor. 

This warm pasta salad is super convenient for those nights I need to get dinner on the table FAST. However, the best part is that it is also filled with quality, nutritious ingredients. This makes me feel great about the meal I’m putting on the table for my family. Take the gorgeous red and green Explore Cuisine Organic Pasta for example; this pasta is packed with protein and fiber thanks to green and red lentils. It’s organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and, most importantly, it tastes like and has the mouth feel of traditional pasta! Seriously, even our super picky 7 year old can’t get enough of this pasta!

4 boxes of Explore Cuisine Organic Pasta made with red and green lentils are sitting on a wooden table top.

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Close up of a bowl of roasted caprese pasta salad with pasta, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil. There is small bowl of pepper and a baking dish with extra roasted tomatoes on the table top.

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2 white bowls filled with pasta are topped with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil ribbons. The bowls are on a wooden table top with black linen napkins and metal forks. There is a small handmade bowl filled with more balls of mozzarella and basil leaves. At the back of the table there is a white enamel roasting pan with red edges that has roasted tomatoes in it.

Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stove top and roasted
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

While we love these quick roasted tomatoes and mozzarella balls tossed with Explore Cuisine Organic Pasta, we also love topping gluten free crostini with them for delicious holiday worthy appetizers and gluten free English muffins for epic savory breakfast toasts!

Don’t forget to rate the recipe, and let me know what you think about this Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Salad in the comments below. I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours!


Ingredients

Scale

For the quick roasted tomatoes

2 cups (10-ounces) mini San Marzano tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved

2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed

3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

For the pasta

1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Red or Green Lentil Pasta*

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup small fresh mozzarella balls, halved

1 bunch basil leaves, sliced into ribbons or torn


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 450°F and heat a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While the water is boiling, prep the tomatoes; arrange the tomato halves, cut side up in an even layer in a  baking dish. Sprinkle the crushed oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper evenly over the top of the tomatoes then drizzle with the olive oil. Roast in the oven for 10-11 minutes until the tomatoes have released their juices and are starting to shrivel.

While the tomatoes are roasting cook the pasta; add 1 box of pasta to boiling, salted water and cook for 8 – 9 minutes until al dente. While the pasta is cooking making the vinaigrette. In a large bowl whisk the 1/3 cup olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, and black pepper together. When the pasta is cooked through drain the cooking water, rinse lightly with cool water and add to the bowl with the vinaigrette. Toss to coat.

To serve; fill individual bowls with the pasta and top each with 1/4 of the roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil. Drizzle the pasta bowls with the pan juices from the roasted tomatoes, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Notes

  • To make this Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Pasta Salad super festive for the holidays use 1/2 a box Explore Cuisine Organic Green Lentil Pasta and 1/2 a box Explore Cuisine Organic Red Lentil Pasta.

Keywords: pasta, gluten free, caprese

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