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Southwest Pasta Salad

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Southwest Pasta Salad
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 12
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Prize-Winning Recipe 2009! Need a crowd-sized salad? Try a jazzed-up flavorful pasta salad you can have ready in just 30 minutes.
Updated Feb 21, 2013

Ingredients

  • 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) 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

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Make this salad up to 24 hours before serving. Give it a stir before serving.
  • tip 2
    If you love cilantro, add extra or sprinkle some extra over the salad before serving.

Nutrition

340 Calories, 14g Total Fat, 11g Protein, 42g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
Calories from Fat
130
Total Fat
14g
22%
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
6%
Sodium
920mg
38%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
42g
14%
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
Sugars
6g
Protein
11g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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