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This gluten free pasta salad with sweet grape tomatoes, peppery basil, and fresh ricotta cheese is a delicious solution when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!Updated on August 23, 2018 with new recipe tips, gluten free pasta recommendations, and a FREE instant cookbook download-16 Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes.

This gluten free pasta salad {vegetarian, low FODMAP & vegan options} with sweet grape/cherry tomatoes, peppery basil, and fresh, creamy ricotta cheese is a delicious solution when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love! It’s just one of the recipes in my cookbook, 16 Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes-FREE to download today!

Three Reasons You’ll Love This Creamy Gluten Free Pasta Salad…

  1. It’s SO incredibly easy to make. 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes cooking time. You’re done!
  2. It tastes like summer year round! Unlike traditional tomatoes, which really only taste good in the summer {am I right?!}, you can easily find delicious grape or cherry tomatoes throughout the year.
  3. It’s super versatile too. Choose your favorite gluten free (or regular) pasta. Swap the pine nuts out with other nuts. Following a low FODMAP diet? Use grated Parmesan instead of ricotta. Not a fan of basil? Try a different fresh herb, or even your favorite dried herbs.

This gluten free pasta salad has easily got to be one of my all time favorite easy dinner recipes, and my family loves it too!

It was inspired by a simple pasta dish I ate on a post-college trip to New York with my best friend. It was springtime, and rainy. We stayed with her brother in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment near Lexington and 2nd avenue.

One night he made us a pasta with olive oil, chopped tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella and I was hooked!

On second thought, That might have had something to do with the copious amounts of wine we drank. No judgement please ๐Ÿ™‚

This gluten free pasta salad with sweet grape tomatoes, peppery basil, and fresh ricotta cheese is a delicious solution when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!Ever since that trip, this pasta dish has remained a staple in my easy weeknight dinner repertoire.

Only now I make it with gluten free pasta, and mix up the cheese according to whim-like this version with fresh ricotta that takes the creaminess factor up a notch or two.

And now, I usually make it with a legume based pasta which really boosts the nutrition factor too!

If you’re new to legume based pastas, here are a few different brands to try, all which have about twice as much protein, and 4-8 x as much fiber as regular pasta, along with extra iron and calcium too.

Simple Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Ricotta Cheese

In addition to these legume based gluten-free pastas being extra nourishing, I also love them because my teenagers eat them without complaint. Win, win!

BUT if you don’t tolerate bean based pastas (i.e. if you’re on a low FODMAP diet), or you simply don’t like the taste, a few other gluten-free pastas my family and I like are:

You can find these gluten-free pastas in your local grocery store, on-line at Amazon {affiliate links above}, or, my favorite source is Thrive Market which has great prices!

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad w/ Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Ricottta Cheese. Simple, nourishing, and delicious!

Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Ricotta

This gluten free pasta salad with sweet grape tomatoes, peppery basil, and fresh ricotta cheese is a delicious solution when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner everyone will love!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces gluten free pasta
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to directions, and drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, slice the tomatoes in half and chop the basil and put both in a large bowl.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the bowl with the tomatoes and bail, then stir in the olive oil, ricotta cheese, and pine nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately, or keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Low FODMAP Option:ย Make with corn/quinoa, brown rice, or other non-legume based pasta. Swap ricotta cheese for Parmesan or another low FODMAP cheese. If you are sensitive to cherry tomatoes, cut back on the amount or use regular tomatoes (chopped) which are lower in FODMAPs.
  • Vegan Option: Omit ricotta or make with vegan ricotta, nutritional yeast, or any other favorite vegan cheese.
  • I love making this withย high fiber, high protein gluten free pasta made with lentils or chickpeas for an extra healthy dinner! Nutrition values are with lentil pasta.
  • Feel free to substitute with any cheese, herbs/green leafy veggies, and nuts or seeds you have on hand.
  • Serving suggestion: Fresh fruit and a simple green salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 17.9mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2.9mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner
Cuisine Gluten Free, Italian, Low FODMAP Option, Mediterranean, Vegan Option, Vegetarian
Keyword gluten free pasta salad, pasta salad, picnic recipes
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13 thoughts on “Creamy Gluten Free Pasta Salad + a FREE Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes Cookbook”

  1. Such a beautiful, simple pasta dish, EA — and thank you for sharing the story behind it. You know, this is similar in ingredients (if they were blended) to a pesto alla siciliana — I think the only difference would be the addition of walnuts. And I agree with you, the combination of ricotta, tomato and pine nut is sublime!

  2. Thanks Barb! I hear ya’ about the pine nuts being expensive-only drawback as far as I can see. I buy mine at Trader Joes or Costco, and fortunately a little go a long way since they are so flavorful. I think walnuts would be delicious on this as well, especially toasted ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a lovely salad! I so love pine nuts but I also SO hate how pricey they are. I have a hidden stash but often I’ll just toast some walnuts too; they’re equally (well, almost) good with a salad like this. I’m making ricotta next week. I’m then making this salad. I’m not kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ahh, this is my kind of comfort food -I probably eat a version of this weekly (esp. in the summer) often using fresh mozz but love love it with ricotta too. I’ve been thinking about you while hearing about these fires – please stay safe and keep us posted on your situation!

    1. Great cooks make pasta salads alike ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your kind thoughts Deanna! The firefighters are making progress, and it is starting to cool down, so, finger crossed all the fires will be under control soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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