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  • Makes: 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Chill 4 hrs

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Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool side-dish 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, calcium (mg) 30, iron (mg) 2, sodium (mg) 310, sat. fat (g) 2, chol. (mg) 2, Fat, total (g) 13, fiber (g) 1, carb. (g) 32, vit. A (RE) 62, pro. (g) 8, cal. (kcal) 277, vit. C (mg) 2

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