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Double Cheese, Bean and Pasta Salad

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Double Cheese, Bean and Pasta Salad
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 5
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Enjoy this cheesy salad made using beans and pasta - dinner ready in 20 minutes.
Updated Jan 17, 2011

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

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.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Use any combination of your favorite firm cheese; dice and measure 2 cups.
  • tip 2
    This fast recipe can be served immediately or after chilling. Prepare the salad ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • tip 3
    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.

Nutrition Information

480 Calories, 22g Total Fat, 25g Protein, 52g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
200
Total Fat
22g
34%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
815mg
34%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
7g
28%
Sugars
6g
Protein
25g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
16%
16%
Calcium
34%
34%
Iron
24%
24%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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