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Three-Pepper Pasta Salad

 Three-Pepper Pasta Salad
I like to make this recipe during the summer when I can get the ingredients fresh from the garden. It not only tastes very good, but it's a pretty addition to any meal.
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 small green pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 8 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a blender,
  • add the oil, vinegar, basil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; cover
  • and process until blended. Drain and rinse pasta in cold water;
  • place in a large bowl. Add the peppers, tomato, olives and onions.
  • Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Stir mozzarella cheese. Serve
  • at room temperature. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 425 calories, 26 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 573 mg sodium,

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Three-Pepper Pasta Salad (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.