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Sunshine in a Bowl: Caprese Pasta Salad

caprese pasta saladUmmmm so…

It snowed here in Michigan. Yup. On Halloween. We all know that when it snows on Halloween that it is a bad sign of how things will end up being for the winter. And for that I have this to say:


One thing I miss about summer is being able to walk outside and pick a tomato off the vine. Then, adding some fresh mozzarella and some olive oil. I love a good caprese salad. Generally this time of year you can catch me heading to the local market for bags of dry beans. I tend to want warm comfort food. This year I am going to try to do things a little differently. This year I want to create comfort foods that are a bit more healthier like my Chicken Pot Pie Soup. I know some folks have issues with white pasta and I can’t say that I blame them. Nothing nutritional about it. It’s just a lot of empty calories.

caprese pasta salad comfort food

It’s also not good for someone like me who battles the bulge and PCOS which causes insulin resistance. That basically means in order for me to lose weight, I have to eat like a diabetic would eat keeping track of sugars, bad carbs and the glycemic index/load. I’ve tried whole grain pasta and whole wheat pasta. While I don’t mind them, my family doesn’t really care for the taste too much. Then I tried Ronzoni. We’ve had their whole wheat, but for this recipe I used the Smart Taste which has extra fiber. My local Kroger often puts them on sale so I can get them for about a $1. I have tried the Garden Delight which is pretty good with a tomato based sauce. But the Smart Taste is white pasta. It does taste just a little different from regular white pasta, but not a whole lot. My thought is you are just tasting that extra fiber 😉 It wasn’t enough for hubs to notice to that is a win in my books.

Just so you know, this isn’t a sponsored posts, just pure excitement that I found a bit healthier option in the pasta department.

What I really love about this meal is that it gives me the warm sun on my tomatoes mixed with cheese in the cool weather days. I take the warm pasta, add cold tomatoes, cheese and olives to it for a less than 30 minute meal. Plus, its extremely budget friendly. It’s my little summer sunshine in a bowl.

What’s a summer food you are starting to miss? Do you think there is a way you could enjoy it in the fall?

Caprese Pasta Salad

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.91 from 11 votes


  • 1 box Rotini Pasta
  • 1 can black olives drained and sliced
  • 1 container of cherry tomato sliced in half
  • 1 container Ciliegine cherry size mozzarella cheese balls
  • Italian dressing or extra virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Cook pasta according as directed on packaging.
  • Drain and rinse with cool water.
  • In a large bowl add pasta and all ingredients.
  • Toss.
  • Serve immediately.


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  1. It snowed here in MA yesterday. It was just a dusting, but it’s way too early for that nonsense if you ask me.

  2. I love fresh fruit all year long, but I froze a TON of blueberries so I’m hoping to get lots of months from them. I didn’t get enough of everything else though.

  3. Your pasta dish looks fantastic. I am like you. In order to lose weight I need to watch my sugar. However, I can’t give up carbs entirely. I just had pizza last night! 😉

  4. 5 stars
    Love that jacket. 😉 And this salad looks excellent. (I’d do mine without olives, because I’m not a fan of olives, but the rest of it is ALL ME.)

  5. Before I say anything else I have to say I love that jumper!

    That dish sounds delicious – easy to munch on after a long dark day.

  6. I know everyone does not want winter, however if you can keep the snow until at least Sunday I would appreciate it. We are moving and would like to do it without the snow. After that – send it ALL to me as this is my first real winter!! I make a similar salad, never put pasta in it – I will have to try that.

  7. I miss the fresh strawberries from the farmers market. I love all the great fall foods as well; Squash is one of my favorites.

  8. 5 stars
    I love pasta salads like this and eat them quite a bit. Especially like you said when I can walk out my door and pick a tomato. I love that sweatshirt by the way. Even here in SC while we haven’t had snow it has been really cold and snowed a couple miles up the road. Yuck!

  9. I miss the fresh fruits during the winter. You can still get some but they just aren’t the same. This pasta salad sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

  10. The snow storm on Halloween about done me in. I’m so ready to move to the south…permanently. I miss all the fresh fruits and veggies the I enjoy during the summer. No more zucchini lasagna or fresh made berry pie. sigh…. I dont think I’m ready for snow & cold yet 🙁

  11. 5 stars
    I’m all for eating summer food during colder months & I’ll have to add this pasta salad to my list. I can’t promise it’ll be eaten as many times as ice cream, but seeing as how I love pasta salads, it’ll still be up there. And, uh, LOVE that shirt. Must. Get.

  12. We’d happily take some of that excess precipitation headed your way here in California.

    The salad sounds scrumptious.

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays.

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