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Hearty Soybean and Cheddar Pasta Salad

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 1 hr 30 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Looking for a meatless dinner? Then check out this pasta salad packed with soybean, veggies and cheddar cheese – a hearty meal.

Ingredients

Dressing

3
tablespoons canola or olive oil
1/4
cup red wine vinegar
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder

Salad

1
cup uncooked penne pasta (3 oz)
1
box (10 oz) frozen soybeans (about 2 cups)
2
large tomatoes, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
1
medium cucumber, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
2
small yellow bell peppers, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
3
oz Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3/4 cup)

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Steps

  • 1 In small bowl, beat all dressing ingredients with wire whisk until well mixed.
  • 2 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 3 Meanwhile, cook soybeans as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 4 In large bowl, toss pasta, soybeans, remaining salad ingredients and dressing. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  • 1 In small bowl, beat all dressing ingredients with wire whisk until well mixed.
  • 2 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 3 Meanwhile, cook soybeans as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 4 In large bowl, toss pasta, soybeans, remaining salad ingredients and dressing. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Expert Tips

Edamame is the Japanese name for fresh green soybeans, tasty little, bright green gems that are high in protein and easily digested. The soybeans are picked before they are completely mature and are often sold in their fuzzy green pods. Fresh edamame is available spring through fall in raw or ready-to-eat forms at co-ops, natural-foods stores or large supermarkets. Raw beans should be steamed 20 minutes before eating and are usually served chilled. They’re also available frozen in boxes or bags. Once cooked, edamame can be served right in the pods as a fun appetizer or snack, and it can be shelled and used in salads or other cold or hot side dishes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
350mg
350%;
Total Carbohydrate
22g
22%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
12g
12%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
90%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
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; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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