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Southwest Pasta Salad

Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Need a crowd-sized salad? Try a jazzed-up flavorful pasta salad you can have ready in just 30 minutes.

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 12

2
boxes Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad® classic pasta salad mix
1/2
cup cold water
1/3
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons cider vinegar
1
tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1
to 2 tablespoons red pepper sauce, if desired
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with jalapeños, drained
1
can (11 oz) Green Giant™ SteamCrisp® Mexicorn® whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1/2
cup sliced ripe olives
1/2
cup chopped red, yellow or green bell pepper
1
medium avocado, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8
oz pepper Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)
Romaine lettuce leaves, if desired

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Empty Pasta mixes into 4-quart saucepan 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently boil uncovered 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together Seasoning mixes, cold water, olive oil, vinegar, cilantro, pepper sauce and cumin.
  • 3 Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Shake to drain well. Add pasta, beans, tomatoes, corn, olives, bell pepper, avocado and cheese to seasoning mixture; toss gently to coat. If desired, serve on a platter lined with lettuce leaves. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Make this salad up to 24 hours before serving. Give it a stir before serving.

Wrap the salad up in lettuce leaves for a fresh new dinner idea.

If you love cilantro, add extra or sprinkle some extra over the salad before serving.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
920mg
920%;
Total Carbohydrate
42g
42%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
11g
11%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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