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Minestrone Pasta Salad

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 21 min
  • Servings 6
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This traditional beans-and-pasta dish is on the table in only 20 minutes. Now that's quick!

Ingredients

3
cups (7 1/2 ounces) uncooked medium pasta shells
2/3
cup Italian dressing
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1
medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
can (19 oz) Progresso™ red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1
can (14 1/2 ounces) Italian-style stewed or diced tomatoes, drained

Directions

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Toss pasta and remaining ingredients. Serve warm or cold.

Expert Tips

Minestrone means "big soup" in Italian. This thick, hearty vegetable soup is at the other end of the soup spectrum from Italy's minestrina-- or "little soup"--that has a thin broth and smaller pieces of vegetables.

Use whole wheat pasta shells for heartier pasta with extra fiber and protein.

Want a little more crunch? Add a stalk of celery to the mix. Remove ribs and slice celery into thin pieces. It goes great with the carrots and bell pepper.

Double this quick and easy recipe and you'll have enough to pack away for lunch tomorrow.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
630mg
26%
Total Carbohydrate
71g
24%
Dietary Fiber
11g
47%
Sugars
6g
Protein
22g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
4 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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