Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad

Farmers' market basil and produce mixed with bow-ties and Parmesan make the perfect pasta salad to serve at your next backyard get-together.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 14

Ingredients

3 1/2
cups uncooked farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, (9 ounces)
2
cups snow (Chinese) pea pods, strings removed (12 ounces)
2
large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
2
medium carrots (1 cup)
1/2
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)
1
cup light creamy Caesar dressing
2
tablespoons milk
  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, adding pea pods for last minute of cooking. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, mix bell peppers, carrots, basil and cheese in very large (4-quart) bowl. Mix dressing and milk in small bowl with wire whisk. Add dressing mixture, pasta and pea pods to bell pepper mixture; toss to coat.

Expert Tips

If fresh basil isn’t available, add 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil leaves.

Look for low-fat or fat-free salad dressing. If you can’t find the Parmesan flavor with less fat, try creamy Italian.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
175
(
Calories from Fat
80 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9 g
9 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
6 mg
6 %;
Sodium
250 mg
250 %;
Total Carbohydrate
18 g
18 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
5 g
5 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
36%;
Vitamin C
82%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.