Thursday, May 7, 2015
Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad
I love summer, many reasons why, no heavy clothing, I can sit outside on the deck with an iced coffee or tea. Dinners in the summer should be light and healthy. I spotted this recipe and thought it was just perfect. Low in calories and just plain pretty!!! I will be making this next week. My daughter and I are trying to lose more weight and boost the metabolism and this dish looks perfect! Give it a try and if you like the recipe, share share and share!!
1 package fresh mushroom, chicken or spinach filled tortellini
1/2 pound fresh baby spinach
1 (15-ounce) can baby artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1 red roasted pepper, drained and chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, cracked from skin
1 lemon, zested
2 teaspoons lemon juice, the juice of 1 wedge
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, a couple of splashes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried leaves, eyeball it
A handful sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, coarsely chopped
How to make Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad
Bring 5 or 6 inches of water to a boil in a large pot. Salt boiling water and add pasta. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until pasta is just tender and the tortellini are floating like buoys. Drain tortellini, then cool the cooked pasta by spreading them out on a large plate or a cookie sheet in a single layer.
Coarsely Chop baby spinach. Combine with artichoke pieces, roasted red pepper and red onion. Chop garlic, then add salt to it and mash it into a paste with the flat of your knife. Transfer garlic paste to a small bowl and add lemon zest, lemon juice and vinegar to it. Whisk in oil, thyme and pepper. Add pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to the salad. Dress salad and gently toss. Serve or refrigerate.
Serving size: 2.5 cups
Calories 291 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 7 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 47 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 8 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 3 g
Trans 0 g Protein 13 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: Rachel Ray, Food Network UK