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Southwest Black Bean Pasta Recipe

Southwest Black Bean Pasta Recipe

Denise Ramey from Francesville, Indiana created this recipe by combining some of her favorite flavors and textures. Serve warmed tortilla chips on the side of this robust, crunchy pasta dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup Western salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Stir into bean mixture. Chill until serving. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-fat cheese and fat-free salad dressing) equals 254 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 738 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Reviews for Southwest Black Bean Pasta

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"Needed something quick and easy to make for my son's peewee football after-game tail gate. Couldn't find Western Dressing, so i made some from this link

Turned out great, I hope I still have some left for the tailgate... it's so good!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"This was yummy. I tripled the recipe and used a whole can of black beans so I probably had more beans than the recipe called for. I used a southwest ranch/chipolte salad dressing, although not as much as was callled for in the recipe as I did not want it dripping in dressing. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"western dressing is a red dressing similar to catalina but maybe not as sweet."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009

"I don't recognise Western Salad Dressing. Can some one tell me what it is? Like Miracle Whip or? Thanks!"

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"One of my favorite recipes. I like to use Southwest Ranch dressing instead."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"This recipe is one of the best pasta dishes that I have had in a long time and it is even better a couple days later"

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