Southwest Pasta Salad
Recipe from Diabetic Living

Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool spinach and pasta salad.

Southwest Pasta Salad

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  • 4   ounces 
    dried multigrain penne pasta (1-1/4 cups)
  • 1/2  cup 
    thin bite-size strips jicama
  • 1/2  cup 
    thin bite-size strips zucchini
  • 1/2  cup 
    chopped green or red sweet pepper
  • 1/4  cup 
    frozen whole kernel corn, thawed and drained
  • 1/4  cup 
    sliced radishes
    Creamy Spinach Pesto
Creamy Spinach Pesto
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    lightly packed fresh spinach
  • 1/2  cup 
    lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 2   tablespoons 
    toasted sliced almonds
  • 2   tablespoons 
  • 1   tablespoon 
    canola oil or olive oil
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
  • 1/8 - 1/4  teaspoon 
    crushed red pepper
  • 1/8  teaspoon 
    ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup 
    light dairy sour cream

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water; drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Add jicama, zucchini, sweet pepper, corn, and radishes. Add Creamy Spinach Pesto; toss gently to coat.
Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 24 hours. If chilled, stir before serving.
Creamy Spinach Pesto
In a blender or food processor, combine fresh spinach, cilantro, almonds, water, canola oil or olive oil, salt, crushed red pepper, and ground black pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Add sour cream. Cover and blend or process just until combined. Makes 3/4 cup.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 130, Fat, total (g) 5, chol. (mg) 3, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 18, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 1, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 1409.12, vit. C (mg) 29.52, Thiamin (mg) 0.21, Riboflavin (mg) 0.17, Niacin (mg) 1.38, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.1, Folate (g) 72.57, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.06, sodium (mg) 219, Potassium (mg) 171, calcium (mg) 40.39, iron (mg) 1.44, Vegetables () 0.5, Starch () 1, Fat () 1, Carb Choice () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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