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roasted tomato caprese pasta salad in a bowl

Light & Easy Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Side dishes, Vegetarian, 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Italian


Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad, an easy pasta salad filled with tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh basil, and mozzarella. A delicious cold caprese salad everyone will love – fresh, easy and perfectly light for a summer potluck or BBQ! 


  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed (leave peel on when roasting), minced after roasted
  • 4 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 oz. fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 8 oz. fresh perline mozzarella balls (perline are the small balls that come in a container of water)
  • 1 lb. rigate pasta (penne or rotini would work as well)
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Smash garlic and leave peel on.
  3. Place cherry tomatoes and smashed garlic on baking sheet and season with 1 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place tomatoes and garlic in oven for 10-15 minutes, once finished peel garlic and mince. Set tomatoes and minced garlic aside.
  5. Cut basil into ribbons. (pile basil leaves on top of each other, roll them up, and thinly slice.)
  6. In the meantime, bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, place pasta in water.
  7. Cook until al dente. (8-10 minutes depending on the type of pasta)
  8. Once pasta is done, take out 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and set aside. Drain the rest of the liquid.
  9. Place pasta, basil, mozzarella, minced roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, reserved cooking liquid, white balsamic vinegar and salt in a large bowl.
  10. Mix all ingredients together until completely combined.
  11. Serve. (you can serve immediately or as a cold pasta salad)


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 225
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 237 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

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