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Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and Tomatoes

Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and TomatoesSimple 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!

Orecchiette with Roasted Tomatoes and Roasted Grapes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound 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 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the orecchiette as directed on the Delallo package. 
  2. Meanwhile, Add 1 tablespoon 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.

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46 Responses to “Orecchiette with Roasted Grapes and Tomatoes”

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted May 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

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


  2. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted May 17, 2013 at 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.


  3. Tieghanposted May 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

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


  4. Helene D'souzaposted May 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

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


  5. Marlyposted May 17, 2013 at 5:54 am

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


  6. Mariaposted May 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

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


  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted May 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

    This sounds heavenly!! What a lovely dinner!


  8. Rachel Cooksposted May 17, 2013 at 6:20 am

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


  9. marlaposted May 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Mmmmmm. Such a lovely pasta dish!


  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 17, 2013 at 6:44 am

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


  11. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted May 17, 2013 at 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!


  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

    What a great spring dish, it looks wonderful!


  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Such a gorgeous summery dish, I love it Sommer!


  14. Naomiposted May 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

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


  15. Abby @ The Frosted Veganposted May 17, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Whoa, grapes in pasta? I’m intrigued!


  16. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted May 17, 2013 at 8:11 am



  17. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted May 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

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


  18. RavieNomNomsposted May 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This looks so delicious!!


  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I love orecchiette, great pasta idea!


  20. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted May 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

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


  21. Juliaposted May 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

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


  22. Marian (Sweetopia)posted May 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Sommer, this looks so fresh and lovely!!


  23. Cassieposted May 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    This is gorgeous, Sommer! I love orecchiette!,


  24. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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


  25. Colette | Just for Foodiesposted May 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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


  26. Heather Christoposted May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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


  27. sweetsugarbelleposted May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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


  28. Melposted May 17, 2013 at 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.


  29. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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


  30. Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQposted May 18, 2013 at 5:18 am

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


  31. Jeanetteposted May 18, 2013 at 7:43 am

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


  32. Shainaposted May 18, 2013 at 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.


  33. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

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


  34. nessaposted May 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous as well as delicious I’m sure!


  35. Monetposted May 19, 2013 at 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!


  36. Carolynposted May 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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


  37. Theresaposted May 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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


  38. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted May 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This sounds amazing — definitely giving it a try!


  39. Nutmeg Nannyposted May 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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


  40. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted May 22, 2013 at 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!


  41. Russell van Kraayenburgposted May 22, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Lovely and scrumptious!


  42. ashley - baker by natureposted May 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

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


  43. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted May 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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


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  45. Bobbieposted June 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

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


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