Dreamfields Spicy and Cool Pasta Salad

Spicy and Cool Pasta Salad

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Spicy and Cool Pasta Salad

From the 2011 Pasta Extravaganza Contest

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Makes 8-10 side dish servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Dreamfields Penne Rigate
  • 2 ears corn or 1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 poblanochiles, roasted, peeled and chopped (see note)
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese (see note)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil (see note)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Remove pasta from pot; do not discard pasta water. Rinse pasta with cold water until completely cooled; drain again. Place in large bowl. Return pasta water to stove; bring to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, shuck corn and remove silks. Place in boiling pasta water 5 to 7 minutes or until corn is tender. Drain; rinse with cold water until completely cooled. Cut corn off cob.
  3. Add corn, chopped poblanos, cheese, chives, cilantro and salt to pasta; toss to combine. In small bowl, stir together chutney and chili oil. Pour over pasta mixture; toss until coated. Serve immediately. To serve chilled, do not add dressing. Cover and refrigerate pasta mixture. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving; toss with dressing.

Notes:

  • To roast poblano chiles, cut poblanos in half; remove membrane and seeds. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place chiles cut side down on baking sheet. Broil 6 inches from heat source, about 5 minutes or until blackened; check periodically. Place in plastic bag 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop chiles.
  • Crumbled feta or shredded Mexican cheese blend may be substituted for the queso fresco.
  • If chili oil is not available, substitute 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.

Nutritional information

Per serving (1/8 of recipe)

  • 268 calories
  • 9 g protein
  • 14 g digestible carbohydrates (If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 44 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.DreamfieldsFoods.com.)
  • 8 g total fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 10 mg cholesterol
  • 304 mg sodium
  • 5 g total dietary fiber

Recipe and photograph used with permission from Dreamfields Pasta.

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Disclosure: I am a VIP member of the Dreamfields Pasta “Dream Team 2012″ and was compensated for my time in running the giveaway.

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