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Light Italian Pasta Bean Salad

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 1 c. spiral macaroni (dry)
  • 1 small head fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 (15 to 16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. light Italian dressing
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese


Cook macaroni according to package directions just until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, mix broccoli, carrots and tomato. Add rest of the ingredients to vegetables and stir gently. Cover and chill. Before serving, stir salad; add additional dressing if necessary.


Makes eight servings.

Per serving: 110 calories, 3 grams (g) fat, 15 g carbohydrate, 6 g protein and 4 g fiber.

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