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Creamy Pasta-Bean Salad

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 9 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Enjoy this creamy pasta salad made with beans and coated with tasty dressing - perfect for a hearty dinner.

Salad

1 1/2
cups uncooked rotini
1
can (15 or 15.5 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
1 1/2
cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2
medium green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Dressing

1/2
cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4
cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (1 oz.)
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1
tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4
teaspoon salt

Steps

  • 1 Cook rotini as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine dressing ingredients; blend well.
  • 3 Add cooked pasta and all remaining salad ingredients to dressing; stir gently to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Expert Tips

Serve this salad with quick-to-fix focaccia wedges. Top a focaccia with roasted red pepper strips from a jar and shredded mozzarellla cheese. Broil just until the cheese melts. Cut into wedges and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cups
Calories
330
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
20%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
1060mg
25%
Total Carbohydrate
42g
15%
Dietary Fiber
9g
24%
Protein
14g
14%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
45%
45%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
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; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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