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Tomato Basil and Bean Pasta Salad

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Tomato Basil and Bean Pasta Salad
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  • Makes: 12 servings

Beans, tomatoes, and basil are mixed with pasta and a tasty vinaigrette to give you a easy and tasty meal. Bring this pasta salad to your next cookout or gathering. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ziti pasta (or bow tie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
  • 3 tomatoes (large, coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup kidney beans (cooked or canned drained, or try garbanzo beans or black beans)
  • 1 mozzarella cheese (1 cup, or provolone cheese, cubed or shredded, optional)
  • 1 walnuts (1/2 cup chopped, optional)

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, vinegar, Dijon-style mustard and pepper to make vinaigrette.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, beans, basil and tomatoes. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss together. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  4. If desired, add nuts and cheese just before serving, tossing again to combine.

Notes

  • Optional ingredients, walnuts and mozzarella, are not included in nutrition analysis and cost estimate.
  • Add other fresh chopped vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, small summer squash, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower.
  • Use your favorite salad dressing instead of making your own.
  • Use cooked rice or cooked, cut up potatoes in place of pasta.

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Source: Connecticut Food Policy Council, Farm Fresh Summer Recipes

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (184g)
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 212
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol N/A
Sodium 24 mg
Carbohydrates 37 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 8 g
Vitamin D N/A
Calcium 23 mg
Iron 2 mg
Potassium N/A
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 212
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 37 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 8 g
Minerals
Calcium 23 mg
Sodium 24 mg
Iron 2 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 28 mcg RAE
Vitamin C 7 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

MyPlate Food Groups

MyPlate Food Groups
Vegetables
1/2 cups
Grains
1 1/2 ounces
Protein Foods
1/2 ounces

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This was good and made a lot. I was out of fresh basil so I used 1/2 Tablespoon of dried basil. I also used rinsed and drained black beans. Served it with fruit pizza - another yummy.

Yum!

I made this with two high school classes, and they actually liked it! These kids eat hot dogs and pizza on a daily basis, so this was definitely a step in the right direction. Used a lot of basil, but the fresh does make it a little yummier even though it's still pretty good with dried basil. Also left out the walnuts and it didn't taste like it was missing anything.