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Black Bean Pasta Salad

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

9 servings

Cooking healthy doesn't mean you have to spend hours in a hot kitchen. Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson serves a low-fat, fuss-free fiesta at her Lusby, Maryland home by simply combining a refrigerating a few tasty ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rigatoni or penne pasta
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a bowl; stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 221 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 lean meat.

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