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Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

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When I first served this jazzed-up pasta salad for my mom's birthday dinner, it was so well-received that I couldn't wait to make it again! Chose the flavor of salsa to suit your family's taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 282 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water; drain. In a large salad bowl, combine the pasta, black beans, peppers and onion. Combine the salad dressing, salsa and cayenne. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Pasta Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p222


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