Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and Tomatoes

Simple whole wheat orecchiette pasta with roasted tomatoes and roasted grapes is just the dish to serve at your Memorial Day bash this year.

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There’s nothing more satisfying than a picnic table lined with grilled meats, fresh corn on the cob, homemade pies, and hearty side dishes.

Furthermore (if you ask me) an outdoor party isn’t complete without a pasta salad loaded with all sorts of colorful tidbits.

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Recently I’ve been on a bit of a grape kick.

I snack on them nearly everyday and look for interesting ways to incorporate grapes into recipes so I can sneak in another serving. …This is a little concerning, since the last time I craved grapes like this I was pregnant, but I digress.

There’s just something about their shape and size, and the quiet little burst of sweetness that occurs when the grape-skin pops under the pressure of your teeth. I love that.

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So needless to say, this Memorial Day our pasta salad will include grapes.

Roasted grapes.

And roasted tomatoes …along with other things of similar size and shape, making the pasta salad more appealing.

The combination of the sweet grapes and acidic tomatoes, both with blistered skins, is a wonderful addition to this pasta salad.

Pasta Salad Collage

Pan-roasting the grapes and tomatoes takes no time at all. Just place them over high heat for a minute or two, until the skins start to blister. Then puree fresh basil and olive oil for a simple flavorful dressing that keeps the pasta from sticking together.

I used Delallo Whole Wheat Orecchiette because orecchiette is shaped like turtle shells, so it’s cute and holds the dressing rather well. I also appreciate knowing I’m serving my family a higher quality pasta that is better for their health.

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The orecchiette salad was finished by tossing the Delallo Whole Wheat Pasta with the basil oil, roasted grapes, roasted tomatoes, briny kalamata olives, and mini fresh mozzarella balls for creamy contrast. It’s fantastic served warm or at room temperature.

Don’t be afraid to get-your-grapes-on in all sorts of savory dishes. You’d be surprised at what that little pop of sweetness can do for a dish!

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Orecchiette with Roasted Tomatoes and Roasted Grapes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Delallo Whole Wheat Orecchiette
  • 1 pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes
  • 1 pint (2 cups) red grapes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil + 1 Tb.
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the orecchiette as directed on the Delallo package. 
  2. Meanwhile, Add 1 Tb. olive oil to a large skillet and set over high heat. Once smoking hot, add the tomatoes and grapes. Stir and roast for 1-2 minutes, until the skins are blistered but not split. Then turn off the heat and add the garlic. Stir, allowing the garlic to saute as the pan cools.
  3. Add the basil, 1/3 cup olive oil, and vinegar to the blender. Puree until very smooth, then salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once the pasta is drained, toss it with the basil oil. Then add in the roasted grapes, roasted tomatoes, and olives. Allow the mixture to cool a little more and toss in the mozzarella balls. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

More Pasta Salad Options

Pasta with Peas, Dill and Smoked Almonds

Mediterranean Orzo Salad ~ Delallo

Roasted Veggie Whole Wheat Pasta ~ Aggie’s Kitchen

Pasta with Salmon and Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce ~ Family Fresh Cooking

Check out my “Pining for Pasta” Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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46 Responses to “Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and Tomatoes”

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 17, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    Oh this makes me so hungry!!Love the roasted grapes!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 17, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    I still haven’t tried adding grapes to savory dishes, but I think I have to suck it up and give it a go.

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    Tieghan — May 17, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    So simple, so pretty and I love all the colors! It really is perfect for memorial day!

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    Helene D'souza — May 17, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    What a pretty dish! Appetite is creeping up. That should be a good sign. =)

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    Marly — May 17, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    Love your photos as always, Sommer, and this is my favorite kind of dish – simple but oh so delicious!

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    Maria — May 17, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    DeLallo pasta is my favorite! We had it last night:) Great recipe!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 17, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    This sounds heavenly!! What a lovely dinner!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 17, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    Oooh I’m loving this! Roasted grapes are the best!

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    marla — May 17, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Mmmmmm. Such a lovely pasta dish!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — May 17, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    I am liking the sweet and savoury going on here. I never seem to think about using grapes like this.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 17, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Sweeter roasted tomatoes are always a good thing, so why not add roasted grapes into the mix for a colorful and tasty summer pasta dish? LOVE Delallo and this idea, Sommer!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 17, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    What a great spring dish, it looks wonderful!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 17, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Such a gorgeous summery dish, I love it Sommer!

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    Naomi — May 17, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    This looks and sounds delish- and I love how beautiful it is , so colorful!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — May 17, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Whoa, grapes in pasta? I’m intrigued!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 17, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    FAB.EW.LUSH.

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — May 17, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Yum!! This looks like a perfect picnic dish :)

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    RavieNomNoms — May 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    This looks so delicious!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 17, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I love orecchiette, great pasta idea!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — May 17, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Holy yum. I say that a lot don’t I? You illicit those words from me with each post!

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    Julia — May 17, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I have to admit I have not roasted grapes before but I am intrigued! Looks wonderful!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — May 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Sommer, this looks so fresh and lovely!!

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    Cassie — May 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    This is gorgeous, Sommer! I love orecchiette!,

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 17, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I have never tried roasted grapes before they sound super tasty! And this pasta looks great for summer.

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    Colette | Just for Foodies — May 17, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Grapes? No kidding. I’ve gotta try this.

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    Heather Christo — May 17, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I would never think to put grapes in the pasta!!! Amazing!

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    sweetsugarbelle — May 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    This looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!

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    Mel — May 17, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    Mmmkay, I really, and I mean reeeeeeeeeeeealy need to stop reading these recipes. Or…at least only choose to try one per meal. LOL.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 17, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    This is so pretty! I am really loving the roasted grapes!

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ — May 18, 2013 @ 5:18 am

    I’ve got orecchiette from Italy as a lovely present from a friend. I’ll definitely make prepared this way!

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    Jeanette — May 18, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Beautiful salad Sommer – great alternative to the mayo laden pasta salads. Love the idea of pan roasting grapes and tomatoes.

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    Shaina — May 18, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Orecchiette is one of my favorite pasta shapes. I love how the little bowl holds the oils and dressings. This looks lovely.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 18, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    Look at those pretty grapes! love them when they’re roasted and I am a big tomato fan, too!

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    nessa — May 19, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous as well as delicious I’m sure!

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    Monet — May 19, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I would have never thought to add grapes to a savory dish. I can’t wait to try this. Perfect for a warm day!

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    Carolyn — May 20, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    I’ve never thought of adding grapes to pasta salad. Lovely idea!

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    Theresa — May 20, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    I’ve never thought of adding grapes to a savory dish! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — May 21, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    This sounds amazing — definitely giving it a try!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 21, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Oh goodness, this is my kind of dish! This looks gorgeous :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 22, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    This is making me SO hungry! I could use this after the weekend of sweets! And some of that detox tea ;) Really though- Sommer meeting you was a highlight of my weekend. You are just the sweetest person ever!

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — May 22, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Lovely and scrumptious!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 22, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    This is so so sooooooo gorgeous!!! I could eat it all day long!!!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — May 28, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    I love roasted grapes–pairing them with pasta is such a good idea!

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    Bobbie — June 28, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    I’ve never tried roasted grapes, but this looks lovely!

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