Primavera Pasta Salad

Need a dish to pass for a potluck? Here's a pasta salad tossed with a creamy dressing that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

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

Ingredients

3 1/2
cups uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (9 oz)
2
cups fresh snow pea pods (12 oz), strings removed
2
large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1/2
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1
cup creamy Parmesan 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 In very large (4-quart) bowl, mix bell peppers, carrots, basil and cheese. In small bowl, mix dressing and milk with wire whisk. Add dressing mixture, pasta and pea pods to bell pepper mixture; toss to coat.

Expert Tips

Any medium-sized pasta shape can be substituted for the bow-tie pasta.

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
310mg
310%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
80%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 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; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.