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Spinach Pasta Salad

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep 25 mins Chill 4 hrs
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 - 2  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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 277,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 2,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 32,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (RE) 62,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 310,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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