Spinach Pasta Salad

Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool side-dish salad.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 4 hrs
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Spinach Pasta Salad
Ingredients
8
ounces ziti (2-1/4 cups) or other small pasta
1
cup lightly packed spinach leaves
1/4
cup lightly packed basil leaves
2
cloves garlic, quartered
2
tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
tablespoon water
1/2
cup light mayonnaise dressing or salad dressing
 
Spinach leaves
 
Radicchio leaves (optional)
1
ounces (3 to 6 tablespoons) chopped prosciutto or ham
2
tablespoons toasted pine nuts
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender container or food processor bowl combine the 1 cup spinach, basil, garlic, cheese, salt, and pepper. Add oil and water; cover and blend or process until nearly smooth and mixture forms a paste, scraping down sides of container frequently. Combine the mayonnaise or salad dressing with the spinach mixture. Add to pasta and toss until well coated. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  3. To serve, line a salad bowl with spinach leaves and, if desired, radicchio leaves. Spoon salad into lined bowl. Sprinkle with chopped prosciutto and pine nuts. Makes 6 to 8 side-dish servings.
Nutrition Facts (Spinach Pasta Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 277 kcal cal.,
  • 13 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 mg chol.,
  • 310 mg sodium,
  • 32 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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