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Double Cheese, Bean and Pasta Salad

Enjoy this cheesy salad made using beans and pasta - dinner ready in 20 minutes.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 20 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 5
 

Ingredients

6
oz. (2 cups) uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
1
(15-oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
4
oz. mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
4
oz. colby or Cheddar cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
4
Italian plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise, sliced
1/4
cup sliced green onions
1/2
cup purchased balsamic vinaigrette

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LOCATION

Steps

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

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Use any combination of your favorite firm cheese; dice and measure 2 cups.

This fast recipe can be served immediately or after chilling. Prepare the salad ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Mound the salad on lettuce-lined plates and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley or basil. Toasted baguette slices and red and green grape clusters complete dinner.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
480
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
815mg
815%;
Total Carbohydrate
52g
52%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
16%;
Calcium
34%;
Iron
24%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.