Chorizo sausage jumpstarts the taste of this pasta and bean salad. If you can't find chorizo, use spicy Italian sausage. Recipe by David Joachim, "Relish Entertaining," September 2006.
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- 2 cups small shell pasta
- 12 ounces chorizo sausage, casings removed (Mexican-style, the kind you can crumble)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup salsa, fresh is preferred but you can use prepared
- 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup poblano chiles or 1/2 cup anaheim chili, chopped
- 2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled
- 1Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
- 2Crumble chorizo into small skillet and cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until browned, breaking up meat into small chunks with a spoon.
- 3Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.
- 4Put vinegar in a medium serving bowl.
- 5Whisk in oil in a steady stream until incorporated.
- 6Stir in salsa, bell pepper, poblano chile, beans, cilantro, chorizo-garlic mixture and cooked pasta.
- 7Chill until serving.
- 8Top with queso fresco and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Chorizo Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1 (180 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 428.5
- Calories from Fat 233
- Total Fat 25.9 g
- Saturated Fat 7.4 g
- Cholesterol 37.4 mg
- Sodium 855.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 31.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
- Sugars 2.1 g
- Protein 17.6 g
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