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Layered Southwestern Pasta Salad


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Layered Southwestern Pasta Salad


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 30 min


6 s


  • 8 oz. Medium Shells, Elbow Macaroni or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 15- oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 11- oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 2 1/4- oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • 3/4 cup non-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup non-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. hot or mild salsa
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro



1 Prepare pasta according to package directions
2 Drain and rinse under cold water; drain again.
3 Toss with oil and sprinkle with cumin.
4 Salt to taste.
5 Layer pasta, beans, corn, bell pepper, green onions and olives in a 2 1/2- to 3-qt.
6 straight-sided glass bowl.
7 In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream and salsa; mix well.
8 Spread mixture evenly over top of pasta, sealing to edge of bowl.
9 Sprinkle with cilantro
10 Cover bowl tightly and chill overnight.

Source: National Pasta Association

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