Primavera Pasta Salad

Did you know Pasta is a fat-free, low sodium and can easily be added to your diet to help you lose weight.  One cup of cooked pasta contains minerals and vitamins and just 100 calories.  Pasta is also a great filler keeping you feeling full and satisfied so you don’t feel hungry while on the go.   Today I’m sharing another favorite pasta recipe that is perfect as a side dish to bring to the next BBQ or you can whip it up to enjoy as a meal for your family.  Throw in some broccoli florets, red peppers, green peppers and oregano from the garden and this will be your favorite meal of the summer.

Primavera Pasta Salad
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Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 220

Primavera Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Penne (or your favorite pasta shape), uncooked*
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 (6 oz.) can black olives, pitted and drained
  • 1 (8 oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, blanched
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package; drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Place pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients; toss well. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours and serve.

Notes

Whole-grain, multi-grain or whole-wheat pasta varieties may be substituted for this primavera pasta dish.

Recipe and photo credit : Pasta Fit

Are you ready for a fun filled summer enjoying fresh veggies from your garden on the grill? I’d love to hear what you are excited to grill up this season so please leave a comment below so we can connect.

I’m so excited about pasta,

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