Lemony Leeks and Pasta Salad

Lemony Leeks and Pasta Salad

Far from ordinary, this salad will impress with its flavorful combination of ingredients.

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large lemon
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
cup slivered almonds
cups sliced leeks (about 4 leeks)
tablespoons capers, drained
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
large red bell pepper, roasted, cut into strips
large yellow bell pepper, roasted, cut into strips
oz (3 1/2 cups) uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta
  1. Remove peel from lemon, using zester or grater; set aside. Cut white pith from lemon; discard. Cut lemon into 1/4-inch slices; set aside.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook and stir almonds in oil about 30 seconds or until light brown. With slotted spoon, remove almonds from skillet; set aside.
  3. In same skillet, cook and stir lemon slices, lemon peel, leeks, capers, salt and pepper about 1 minute or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from heat. Remove lemon slices; discard. Stir in bell peppers and almonds. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled.
  4. Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. In large serving bowl, gently toss pasta, vegetable mixture and almonds.
Makes 8 servings (1 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Leeks look like giant green onions and are related to both onions and garlic. Choose leeks that are firm and bright colored with an unblemished white bulb portion. Smaller leeks will be more tender than larger ones.
Two 7.25-oz jars (2 cups) roasted red bell peppers, drained, can be substituted for roasted red and yellow peppers.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 120),
  • Total Fat 13g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 350mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 35g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 8g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.