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Lite Italian Pasta Bean Salad

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 1 c. dry spiral macaroni
  • 1 small head fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1(15 to 16 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ c. reduced-calorie/“lite” Italian dressing
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese


Cook macaroni in large saucepan of water just until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, mix broccoli, carrots and tomato. Add the 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: 135 calories, 3 grams (g) fat, 8 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate and 142 mg sodium.
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