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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 267.8
  • Total Fat: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.0 mg
  • Sodium: 546.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 45.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.0 g
  • Protein: 14.2 g

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Southwest Pasta Salad

Submitted by: RDEPASS
Southwest Pasta Salad

Introduction

Quick and nutritious, this zesty take on pasta salad is a family favorite. Garnish with fresh herbs and black olives. Quick and nutritious, this zesty take on pasta salad is a family favorite. Garnish with fresh herbs and black olives.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 (8-ounce) box small whole-wheat pasta
    1 (15-ounce) can corn
    1 (15-ounce) can black beans
    1 cup salsa (any variety)
    1 cup shredded, low fat cheddar cheese
    1 cup diced green pepper (bell pepper)
    Optional: add garlic powder, black pepper, or cayenne pepper to taste (in any combination)

Tips

Tomatoes are a great addition to this recipe.


Directions

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and put into large bowl.

Drain and reserve the liquids from the canned corn and black beans.

Combine all ingredients with the cooked pasta in a large bowl and mix well. Add small amounts of the reserved canned liquids if desired.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Serve cool or at room temperature. Serves 8 as main course, or up to 16 as side dish.






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  • Incredible!
    49 of 49 people found this review helpful
    I made this for a fourth of july party this weekend. Instead of green peppers, I added a can of mild green chilis. I also added a can of diced tomatoes because when making it before, it seemed just a little dry. This combo was PERFECT and everyone raved about this salad! - 7/6/09

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  • Very Good
    46 of 49 people found this review helpful
    I'd hold the cheddar cheese and add a dressing made of fresh lime juice, a scant bit of olive oil, a dash of cayenne, thinky sliced/chopped jelapeno, and a green onion sliced thin. - 5/20/09

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  • Very Good
    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
    I used penne pasta. And actually added greens (spinach) which increased the portion size, added some folate and tasted really good. - 2/19/08

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  • Very Good
    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Very good - we used pepperjack cheese instead of the lowfat cheddar and a bit of extra lime juice. People who find recipes like this bland, maybe change your salsa. I've found when a recipe calls for a good quantity of salsa, it pays to pay a little extra for a really good flavorful brand. - 7/31/08

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad! I tweeked it also... diced tomatoes and green chiles and some lime juice ! - 7/7/09

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  • Good
    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
    Godo but I added some cilantro and jalapeno peppers. - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I made this with gluten free pasta. For dinner I added chicken. I think it needs a bit of spice and more veggies - I added broccoli. - 2/1/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    It was a great recipe, my only complaint to speak of, was there wasn't an amount each serving was. The recipe made 9 1/2 cup servings, so I wasn't sure if each serving was 3/4 of a cup or what, so for those of us really measuring everything, that is very important. But other wise it was a hit. - 4/23/07

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I often crave Mexican foods and this one hit the spot. Made it just like the recipe stated and it was great. Will try some of the other options in comments. - 3/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    great recipe. I added tomatoes, hot sauce, cilantro, cumin & lime juice. It was fantastic at room temp. & everyone loved it! - 3/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Just great!!added tomatoes, chicken and a little chipolte tobasco to spicen it up, incredible!!!!17 yr old son really loved it!!! - 9/15/08

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  • Very Good
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Great! I did add some Boca Crumbles, garlic salt, cumin and lime juice for more flavor..... - 6/15/07

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I kept the cheese, added some chicken that I drizzeled with 1/2 of a fresh lime then I put a med/large fresh tomatoe and can of mild green chilies in the blender gave it a whirl to make it good and juicy and poored it over . It was good. - 7/17/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! I added some diced avocado and 2 tablespoons nonfat greek yogurt for a creamy touch :) - 7/8/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was good. I added fresh choppd jlalapeno and red onion. - 9/15/08

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  • 6 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I like pasta salad and will add some chicken to make it a meal. - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very good and easy to make. I left out the green pepper and added grilled chicken seasoned in cajun powder. - 4/10/08

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  • Good
    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night, but I followed the suggestions that I read in the other reviews, and aded fresh lime jucie and purple onion. I would have also added cilantro, but I didn't have any on hand. I also added a cooked and chopped chicken breast and left out the cheese, to reduce fat and add prot - 11/13/07

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is a great salad. I added two chopped fresh tomatoes instead of green peppers, plus some grilled chicken. I'll definitely make this again! - 8/21/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very good, I made this tonight for dinner. I used Green Giant Southwestern style corn. Very easy to make. - 8/11/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I love black beans and this was just another excuse to serve them again! And to mix them with corn, another family favorite, was a real plus! This recipe goes into my box! - 7/9/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This is great! i've tried it adding fresh diced tomatoes, a little chicken, spinach, green onion, thinnly sliced celery, bell pepper all diced up all work fine. I totally leave out the cilantro. To me it tastes and smells awful (like dirty socks) and I cannot eat things with that as an ingredient - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    It was easy to make - 7/7/09

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  • 5 of 13 people found this review helpful
    There is a recipes just like this in the Instant Pasta salad I make all the time. You buy the Chipolte Ranch pasta salad and you can adda anything (chicken, corn, cheese, beans, etc) My moms fave way is with crushed doritos... just to mention I make mine with light sour cream, really cuts the cal. - 3/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Great Salad. Made it for back to school cookout and everyone loved it. - 8/24/09

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  • 4 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Made this with non organic ingredients, since organic is no better, they have proven that, so don't waste money, especially these days. It's a good salad for company. - 8/3/09

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My all family loved... - 7/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Great taste! - 6/25/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    delicious and easy to prepare - 3/17/09

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Not bad. I added grated carrot and honey to it...it was ideal for my tastebuds. - 3/12/08

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  • 3 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like EXACTLY what i have been looking for. I am going to add mariated chicken breast to this reipe. - 6/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Loved it!!! - 5/24/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I just saw a similar recipe in a magazine, I can't wait to try both!

    Ok tried it, yummm!
    - 3/12/09

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  • Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    great salad - 1/26/09

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Love it! I will make it again. - 10/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this. I will be making it again. - 9/17/08

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yummy! I'll have to try it... I think maybe even my DH would like it (would probably make a good healthier substitute for the Suddenly Salad my DH likes :). I think it might be good w/ tomatoes or olives added. - 9/15/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was good, but kinda band to my taste. It was much better when I added minced red onion and cilantro. - 11/12/07

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Healthy, but a little bland. Like another reviewer, I also wasn't sure how much one serving was. - 6/21/07

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    a serving is just over 1 cup. recipe makes 9 1/2 cups. - 5/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I use red pepper instead of green - 5/30/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Used mild canned chiles instead of pepper, and added diced tomatoes and cilantro. Also added smoked salmon instead of cheese. Could use chicken or other protein. Next time squeeze some lime over it. Yum. - 4/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I loved this - I had to adapt because we in the UK don't get Publix canned goods but it turned out great anyway. I doubled the salsa and used reduced fat feta cheese because its what I had in the fridge. - 4/22/10

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Don't like pasta (slimy white stuff) so used brown rice instead. Added lots'sa hot peppers & more HOT salsa & also a chopped tomato. Monteray Jack cheese instead of ccccccccccheddar since it was handier - 3/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    To cut back on the soduim, I rinsed my canned goods fairly well. I used Eden brand beans b/c they are the lowest in sodium I was able to find. Also, I used a few dabs of Plain-No Fat-Yogurt to give a sour cream affect and give the salad some moisture. Cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice made it A+! - 8/26/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a healthy meal to take to a family party, I think I'll try this next time we have an event. - 1/31/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    i enjoyed this salad. Thanks for the recipe. - 12/29/08

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is a great start to a healthy pasta salad. You could add chunks of chicken or shrimp. You could also serve spaghetti sauce over this. Add some more seasonings to taste! Great recipe to take to a party or have as a small side! - 12/1/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used a can of Rotel (with liquid) in place of the salsa. Gave it a perfect amount of heat (too much for the kids, but my husband and I enjoyed). Added a second can of Rotel to the leftovers on Day 2, since the pasta absorbed the liquid. Great recipe, thanks! - 1/29/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    AGAIN with the pictures that don't look like the recipe. The photo CLEARLY shows tomatoes and olives...which are not in the recipe. Do you folks need a staff photographer? - 1/15/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy light supper on a warm evening! - 7/3/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So delicious! I added some chicken and lowfat sour cream and left out the cheese. Added some taco seasoning and some fresh tomatoes, diced and some onion, chopped too, some lemon juice. Otherwise, pretty much the same. Thanks! - 6/29/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Excellent! I added the mild green chilis also to spice it up and sliced green onions :) - 6/16/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We enjoyed this but tired of it after three days. I wasn't sure how or if it could freeze. - 4/21/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this with quinoa instead of pasta and left off the cheese, for a skateboard race cookout Saturday and it was such a huge hit and so delicious I made it again for dinner last night. Yesterday I subbed green onions for the green peppers, that was great too! YUMMY! - 4/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I did a makeover, but wanted to come by here, too, to tell you how yummy this was!!!! - 3/18/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this for dinner tonight. Made exactly as described, providing jalapenos for my husband on the side. It was really filling and super tasty. I would definitely make this again and consider it for a potluck at work. - 2/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious - 10/19/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thank you for this recipe.... - 9/28/11

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good...abit dry...I think for next time I would nix the spinach I added - 8/17/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good. I had a red pepper so I used that instead of green but it was still quite good. Thanks! - 6/1/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I accidentally overcooked the noodles so it could have been better :) - 5/22/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This sounds real good my husband hates black beans and red beans, do yall think navy,northern, or pintos would work in this recipe? He is normally not picky, but this is one of a few things he hates! - 8/18/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love any salad with everything in it that I can dump black beans into!!! I'll tweak this with some dressing and spices, but definitely a keeper! - 7/5/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Will try it out with chicken thanks a lot - 2/3/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Will make this tonight to go with my Ham steak - will tweak it a little as i do not have any organic stuff. - 1/31/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This sounds pretty good and I think I will try it with chicken! Thanks - 1/19/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I am interested in trying this pasta recipe very soon. It sounds reallygood I may spice it up a bit and add chicken / I'll comment later after I make it. - 1/17/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love this recipe. You can get organic foods at most large supermarkets or grocery stores. They usually have a section with organic items that are called in the above recipe. - 12/29/08

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    A little high in carbs for a main dish. A 1/2 cup serving sounds good for a sidedish. - 9/15/08

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  • Good
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I will use vegan cheddar cheese and then this will be better. - 9/15/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is perfect for my busy life. Quick easy, and tonight I'll try it out. Thank you ! - 12/18/12

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Amazing - 7/8/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This looks like a great recipe. I think I'll omit the cheese and add some leftover BBQ chicken from last nite and lots more veggies. Lots of protein and filling too! - 7/10/11

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  • easy summer dish... - 5/21/11

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  • I plan to make this recipe, but I'd really like to know how much is a serving without having to divide the whole recipe into 8ths. Thanks. - 5/21/11

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  • Simple to make and added hot peppers and onions and black peppers for a super spicy dish- have a cold glass of water ready- Great SW Texas dish - 5/21/11

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  • Why do people changed the recipe then give it a rating? That is rediculous. Then they are not rating the actual recipe, and their opinion is misleading. Please refrain from rating the recipe unless you have actually made it as written. - 5/21/11

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  • good base recipe, but how much is a serving. - 5/21/11

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  • Made it super spicy with Valentina hot sauce and delicious! Awesome - 3/5/11

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  • I messed up and forgot the green bell peppers so the next time I use it I will remember to put that in for sure it would have been much better that way too, but we thought it was good - 1/19/11

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  • I make this alot in the summer months. I usually add an avacado, which does increase the calories some, but it's good for you. This is a yummy dish! - 11/22/10

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  • Id like to try this with bulgur wheat. - 11/7/10

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  • This was very good and used items I usually have in my pantry already. I used frozen corn instead of canned. I also added about 1/2 cup extra green pepper because I love the crunch. I seasoned with lime juice, garlic salt, and chili powder. Served it along side shredded pork loin. Delish! - 9/19/10

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  • i make one with using "bottled dressing"
    pasta 1/2 cup [uncooked] /[2 tablespoon] italian dressing, 1/2 sm chopped onion, pepperoni, 1/3 c black olives, parmensan cheese [2 teasp]
    mix together
    or use ranch dressing & mayo [mixed]
    then pasta , like potato salad - 9/19/10

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  • This was okay. It tasted fine, but was merely unobjectionable rather than fabulous. - 9/14/10

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  • I love this recipe sometime I will leave out the pasta and mix the other ingredients and toss it with greens and fat free sour cream for "Taco Salad" without any guilt. - 9/5/10

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  • I made this recipe today, lower fat and sodium. I omitted the cheese but add a small amount on top of each serving. fools ya into thinking you get more cheese. - 8/29/10

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  • Adding on to my previous comment... and of course I'll tell them the recipe is from you RDEPASS from SparkPeople. I'll give you the credit! :-) - 8/26/10

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  • Sounds great will be something I will have to try in the near future. - 8/15/10

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  • Sounds great - 8/15/10

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  • I made this hot. sauteed summer squash with hot pepper, corn, beans and tomatoes, then added cooked penne and cheese. soooooo yummy! - 7/12/10

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  • I love this recipe because you can customize it based on your preferences. I added green chiles, cilantro, and green olives and left out the green bell pepper. - 7/12/10

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  • I have a hard time finding things that my husband will eat. However he thinks the Mexian pasta saled is very great. - 7/9/10

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  • Yummy and we added some salsa to it too. - 6/22/10

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  • Love this dish. Great as a side or meatless main dish. I skipped the cheese to reduce the calories. I also used frozen corn and no salt added beans so most of the sodium comes from the salsa. Homemade fresh salsa would help reduce sodium even more. May add parmesean cheese next time. - 6/12/10

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  • Sounds like a good base I will tweak. I don't use canned veggies (packing material not good for hubby who has pancratic cancer) so I will prepare fresh corn, black beans & salsa to use in it. Sounds good for a light summer meal. - 6/11/10

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  • I should make this again and use some of the member tips next time! It was a little bit bland (though not completely cause I got a little carried away with the cayenne pepper, lol) but I bet several of these suggestions would solve that. - 6/11/10

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  • Very versatile, like so many SP recipes. I use low or no-sodium beans and corn; add finely chopped red onion, diced tomatoes and (for some moisture and more zip) drizzle 2-3 Tbsp. of fat-free Italian dressing. Add meat for main dish or serve as is for side dish. Top wih finely sliced green onion. - 6/1/10

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  • Used frozen peas and dry beans instead of canned corn and beans to cut the sodium down. Used some lime juice and less cheese. Tasty. - 6/1/10

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