Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes - A flavor-packed pasta salad can be easy and healthy, too, and this recipe is proof. Slather DeLallo whole wheat shells in basil pesto, then toss them with roasted asparagus, sweet blistered tomatoes, charred artichokes, and salty bits of prosciutto. All this for only 249 calories per serving

This whole wheat pasta salad with pesto, asparagus and roasted tomatoes is proof that the only things you need for a completely delicious (and really easy) pasta salad are a few trusty mix-ins, like a jar of your favorite pesto, marinated artichokes, salty prosciutto, and a seasonal veggie or two. 

This post is sponsored by DeLallo.

Have you ever been someone, or met someone, who describes their life in seasons? And by seasons, I mean, a season that lasts as long as a relationship, or while your kids are little, a season of grieving, growing…or for me, the many, many seasons of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad clothing.

When I traveled to Portland recently with my friend Kristen, she and I were talking about these seasons, and in a more literal way, she was saying how sad it is for her to know that she only has 4 summers left before her son heads off to college.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes - A flavor-packed pasta salad can be easy and healthy, too, and this recipe is proof. Slather DeLallo whole wheat shells in basil pesto, then toss them with roasted asparagus, sweet blistered tomatoes, charred artichokes, and salty bits of prosciutto. All this for only 249 calories per serving

4 summers. For her, remembering that her summers are numbered makes each one count, and in a way, she reminded me that my summers are numbered, too. Because they are.

Whether we’re talking literal seasons or figurative seasons, none of us has an endless number of them, and I’m so appreciative of the little moments that wake me up and remind me of that.

In the spirit of not taking one season for granted, I’m going to make a summer bucket list and fill it with things that are exciting and also completely mundane (but lovable nonetheless), because why not? Have you ever done this or even considered it? I’d love to know what you put on it and I’ll be sure to share mine with you when I’m done, but I’ll tell you this: half of the list will involve Daniel and me going back home to Massachusetts to be with our family and friends.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes - A flavor-packed pasta salad can be easy and healthy, too, and this recipe is proof. Slather DeLallo whole wheat shells in basil pesto, then toss them with roasted asparagus, sweet blistered tomatoes, charred artichokes, and salty bits of prosciutto. All this for only 249 calories per serving

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes

Summertime in Massachusetts with my family and anyone that my mother can coerce into staying for dinner is one big cookout, and after years and years of them, I know that the key to a good one is this: anything not going on the grill should be a make-ahead recipe. No one wants to be slaving away in a hot kitchen when they could be outside.

This whole wheat pasta salad with pesto, asparagus and roasted tomatoes is the kind of recipe that lets you fully enjoy what you’re eating and still enjoy your life. Know what I mean? It’s rich and balanced but also completely unfussy to make, thanks to a heavy helping of DeLallo products.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes - A flavor-packed pasta salad can be easy and healthy, too, and this recipe is proof. Slather DeLallo whole wheat shells in basil pesto, then toss them with roasted asparagus, sweet blistered tomatoes, charred artichokes, and salty bits of prosciutto. All this for only 249 calories per serving

Back in October of last year, at the Better Blog Retreat, I was introduced to Delallo Foods, when Heidi and Maria made me a few different meals and snacks with their products. About 2 months ago, I connected with Delallo through my good friend Jessica, who swears by DeLallo, and they sent me a package that had Daniel and me on the floor like Christmas morning, oooh’ing and aaah’ing over pestos, dips, spreads, oils, pastas—you name it.

For the past month, I’ve been cooking with their organic whole wheat pastas, using their olive oil, drizzling their balsamic glaze on grilled chicken, and have used their Salad Savors for lunch a few times a week. I’m realizing more and more why Jess, Gina, Heidi, and Ali–bloggers and friends I respect and trust for honest feedback—always rave about this brand. The quality is there.

My pasta salad recipe begins with a base of DeLallo organic whole wheat shells which hang onto their perfect chewiness when cooked al dente and, just by virtue of them being whole wheat, are more wholesome and even a little more flavorful, too. I tossed the pasta with the fragrant, nutty, Parmesan-y wonder that is DeLallo Traditional Basil Simply Pesto, a jar I had to fight Daniel to the ground for, that was half empty because he’s been using it nonstop since we got it. Once I slathered the pasta in that pesto, I realized that there really is one thing better than pesto–and that is, someone else making me pesto (hi, DeLallo!) and putting it in a little jar in my fridge.

As pasta salad goes, it’s all about what you add to it, right? First, I roasted two of my favorite warm-weather staples: asparagus and sweet, grape tomatoes. I’m convinced that roasting veggies is the best way to cook them, but tomatoes are especially lovely, because they blister and burst. Once those were blistered and tossed with the pesto pasta, I knew it was basically now or never: time to add salty diced prosciutto and charred, grilled artichokes, which, let me tell you, just like the pesto, are even better when you’re not the one doing the prep and grilling. Isn’t that a funny thing? The DeLallo grilled artichoke hearts are briney, faintly charred, and instant flavor enhancers if you ask me.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes - A flavor-packed pasta salad can be easy and healthy, too, and this recipe is proof. Slather DeLallo whole wheat shells in basil pesto, then toss them with roasted asparagus, sweet blistered tomatoes, charred artichokes, and salty bits of prosciutto. All this for only 249 calories per serving

I only wish I made more of this recipe, because it was gone too soon.

Tell me: have you made a summer bucket list before? What would be on yours for this year? 

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes

Makes: Serves 6 to 8

Calories per serving: 249

Fat per serving: 12g

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the asparagus and tomatoes with the olive oil and spread them out on a baking sheet. Season with the salt and pepper and roast until the asparagus is browned and the tomatoes begin to burst, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the pasta al dente, according package directions. Drain and let cool slightly before tossing with the pesto. Add the roasted asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto, and fresh basil, and toss until combined. Serve at room temperature or chill and served cold. Feel free to add a little more pesto or olive oil to rehydrate the chilled pasta if it seems dry.

Nutrition Information & Notes:

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/8th of Entire Recipe): Calories 249, Total Fat 12g, Sat Fat 0.9g, Carb 27.4g, Fiber 4.4g, Sugars 3.3g, Protein 8.5g

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/6th of Entire Recipe): Calories 332, Total Fat 16g, Sat Fat 1.2g, Carb 36.6g, Fiber 5.9g, Sugars 4.3g, Protein 11.3g

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6 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Pesto, Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes

  1. Denise

    This is right up our cooking alley – digging on all the flavors in this salad. Must make a big batch, and I can say already it most likely will not last either! Summer bucket list – cannot even say as it is too bougie!

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  2. Kristen

    So for the past 4 summers I’ve made bucket lists with my kids, up until last summer. They were great but we were always too ambitious and by the end of the summers I would have this looming guilt over all the things we didn’t get checked off. (Which is stupid, self put upon pressure!)

    This past summer I implemented what I called the “summer of yes”. I made it a point to say yes to almost anything my kids asked to do, and it was the best summer we’ve ever had together. It included things like dying our hair pink (yes, even I got in on the action), having sno cones 3 times in one day, drive in movies, road trips, etc. I plan on doing the same thing this summer and cannot wait.

    This salad looks so fresh and summery!

    Delallo products are my favorite. No one beats their pasta! There aren’t many stores around here that sell them, so when I go to a town that does I stock up!

    Have a wonderful time enjoying the season, friend!

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  3. Anna @ FixYourSki

    This salad looks delicious. The best part is that the ingredients are available easily and are inexpensive. I really adore farm-fresh veggies. I am surely going to try to make this awesome salad.

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