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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!!

Ingredients

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
Coarse salt
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
Black pepper
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

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