Gemelli with Fresh Green and Yellow Beans

Fresh beans and tomatoes add color and crunch to a simple pasta salad seasoned with tarragon vinegar.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 18

2
cups uncooked gemelli pasta (8 oz)
4
oz fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 cup)
4
oz fresh yellow wax beans, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 cup)
1
pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1/4
cup tarragon vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup shaved Parmesan cheese (3 oz)
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Cook pasta as directed on package, adding green and yellow beans for last 5 minutes of cooking time; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix pasta, beans and tomatoes.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat oil, vinegar and salt with wire whisk until well blended; stir into pasta mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • 4 Just before serving, stir salad; top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and sprinkle with pepper.

Expert Tips

You can purchase shaved Parmesan cheese in the deli section of your grocery store.

Garnish with parsley or tarragon.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.