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    Three Bean and Broccoli Pasta Salad

    Three Bean and Broccoli Pasta Salad. Photo by Caseylaine

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    20 mins

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    Caseylaine's Note:

    This is mom's recipe for a quick all-in-one lunch idea: it is quickly whipped up, lasts several days in the fridge, is hearty/filling, nutritious, and versatile. This recipe can have many variations depending on what you prefer. The main idea is: one pasta noodle, the canned 3 bean salad, some sort of vinaigrette (or and combination of several), and any extra veggies you want in your salad.

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    1. 1
      Bring 3 qts water to boil.
    2. 2
      While bringing water to a boil, set frozen broccoli pkg in microwave to defrost for approximately 6-7 minutes.
    3. 3
      Open, drain, and rinse canned 3 bean salad in colander.
    4. 4
      When water is boiling, add pasta> Boil pasta for 8-9 minutes to al dente.
    5. 5
      As noodles are cooking, prepare the broccoli> Cut stems away from broccoli flowerettes> Cut flowerettes into bite-sized pieces> Use the stem portion as well if you prefer.
    6. 6
      Place broccoli pieces and rinsed/drained bean salad in mixing bowl.
    7. 7
      Once noodles are cooked, remove and strain in colander while running cold water over noodles to stop cooking, and cool down the pasta> With a sharp knife or kitchen scissors cut up pasta slightly (if using long noodles).
    8. 8
      Once cooled and drained place pasta in mixing bowl with bean salad and broccoli.
    9. 9
      In measuring cup pour dressing (s) of choice to 1/2 cup measure> Blend if using multiple dressings>*I use a combination of Newmans Light Balsamic Vineagrette and Kraft Fat Free Caeser Italian.
    10. 10
      Pour dressing over salad and add fresh cracked pepper and salt to your liking>*i use about 1 1/2 tbs of salt to cut the sweetness of the bean salad.
    11. 11
      Mix gently and well> Nice if chilled, but if time does not allow, it can be eaten immediately.
    12. 12
      Some add-in ideas: diced cucumber, tomato, black olives, onion, chicken/ham, sunflower seeds.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 13, 2010


      Thanks, Caseylaine, for a very adaptive and tasty salad. This one is so easy to make and modify to personal preferences. I basically eyeballed ingredients, using whole wheat spaghetti, fresh broccoli and Kraft Light Sicilian Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette. It's yummy--instead of reaching for that unhealthy snack while watching Judge Judy, I'll be eating this! I did NOT add any salt to cut sweetness--it did not seem necessary.

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    • on January 19, 2005



    Nutritional Facts for Three Bean and Broccoli Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (106 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 248.3
    Calories from Fat 102
    Total Fat 11.4 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 14.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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    3 bean mix

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