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Garbage Pasta Salad

Makes 8 serving(s)

WHAT'S IN IT?

1/2 (16-ounce) box rotini or radiatore pasta
6 ounces turkey salami, lean beef salami or baked ham, cubed or cut into strips
6 ounces part-skim mozzarella or provolone cheese, cubed
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
1 cup pea pods
1 cup chopped broccoli flowerets
1/2 large sweet red pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley or basil, or mixture of both
1/2 cup light Italian or vinaigrette dressing
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Black pepper, to taste

STUFF YOU NEED

This is a family recipe. Kids and Parents: you'll need each other to make it!

HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER

  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain well. Pour the drained, cool pasta into a large bowl.
  2. For Kids: Toss on top of the pasta the salami, cheese, zucchini, pea pods, broccoli, red pepper, onion, parsley or basil and dressing. Stir it well with a large spoon.
  3. Serve with the Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Enjoy right away or cover and chill overnight. If taking to lunch, pack in a sealed plastic container. Make sure you have a fork to enjoy it with!

WHY IT'S GOOD FOR YOU

Per serving:
230 Calories, 9 g Total Fat, 3.5 g Saturated Fat, 30 mg Cholesterol, 470 mg Sodium, 23 g Total Carbohydrates, 2 g Dietary Fiber, 3 g Sugars, 14 g Protein, 10% Vitamin A, 30% Vitamin C, 20% Calcium, 10% Iron