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Gluten Free Roasted Caprese Pasta Salad

During the holiday season I am ALL about easy meals and 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, 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.

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 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.

While this warm pasta salad is super convenient for those nights I need to get dinner on the table FAST, its also filled with quality, good for us, ingredients  which makes me feel great about the meal I’m putting on the table for my family too. 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 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.

Looking for more weeknight warrior recipes that taste great, cook up fast, and are good for you too to add to your arsenal? I’ve got you covered! 

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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
  • 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! 


Ingredients

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. 


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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.