Spinach Pasta Salad
ounces ziti (2-1/4 cups) or other small pasta
cup lightly packed spinach leaves
cup lightly packed basil leaves
cloves garlic, quartered
tablespoon olive oil
cup light mayonnaise dressing or salad dressing
Radicchio leaves (optional)
ounces (3 to 6 tablespoons) chopped prosciutto or ham
tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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