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Cheesy Pasta Salad

 Cheesy Pasta Salad
This creamy pasta salad came about when I combined ingredients from two different recipes. It got rave reviews when I served it at a baby shower.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 package (8 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed Gouda or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, pasta, cheese, celery and grapes.
  • In a small bowl, combine next seven ingredients. Pour over chicken
  • mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve; toss
  • with pecans. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 384 calories, 28 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.