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Tomato-Sesame Pasta Toss

 Tomato-Sesame Pasta Toss
This hearty warm pasta salad features so many flavors and textures, it's amazing they all fit in one bowl! "The sesame oil and soy sauce give it an Asian flair," shares Betty Mitchem of Satsuma, Alabama.
7 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts water
  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta, broken in half
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 14 to 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup torn fresh spinach
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Add pasta; boil for 4
  • minutes. Add broccoli, boil 2 minutes longer or until pasta is
  • tender. Rinse with cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, onions and cashews; toss.
  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients;
  • shake well. Pour over pasta mixture; gently toss to coat. Yield: 7
  • servings.

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Tomato-Sesame Pasta Toss (continued)

Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 260 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 399 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.