Andrea Cooley July 31, 2009Friday Recipe: Pasta Primavera Salad I don’t always feel like cooking dinner in the summer. If we’re not grilling out, I’m all about making meals that are light and fresh and don’t involve turning on the oven for long periods of time.This pasta salad is perfect whether you have a load of veggies from your garden or the farmer’s market or just don’t feel like heating up the house.The recipe calls for Canadian bacon, but you can substitute chicken breast. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the veggies this calls for. Substitute what you have in your kitchen. You can’t go wrong!DMU students and staff, find more healthy recipes from Weight Watchers on the Portal. Go to Wellness Central and look for Healthy Recipes on the left-hand side. Pasta Primavera Salad 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta½ pound broccoli florets1 cup sliced zucchini1 (6-oz) package sliced Canadian bacon, cut into ¼ in strips½ cup reduced fat sour cream2 tablespoons fat free milk2 cups grape tomatoes, halved1 cup grated carrot¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1(7 oz) jar roasted peppers, drained and cut into ½ inch strips½ cup (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheeseDirections: Bring water and salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 9 minutes. Add broccoli, cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini; cook 2 minutes. Drain; keep warm.Place large nonstick skillet coating with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add bacon, sauté 3 minutes. Stir in sour cream and milk.Combine pasta mixture, tomato, and next 3 ingredients. Add bacon mixture, toss well. Sprinkle with cheese, Serve chilled.Yield: 6 Servings (serving size: 2 cups)Points: 6 Exchanges: 2 Starch, 2 vegetable, 1 Lean Meat, 1 Fat Per Serving: Calories 292g (24% from fat); Protein 15.4g; Fat 8.1g; Sat Fat 4.1g; Carb 41.8g; Fib 7.2g; Chol 32mg; Iron 1.8mg Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2002. Birmingham, AL: Oxmoor House, 2001.Photo by Dnyanet 4 responses to “Friday Recipe: Pasta Primavera Salad” I am a health buff. I believe that eating healthy is staying healthy. I am a big fan of salads. I will try this recipe. Thanks!Log in to Reply This is an excellent pasta recipe, and it can be a great vegeterian dish (if you omit the bacon).Your recipe is fast btw, I think it can be prepared in under 20 minutes.Log in to Reply For a vegetarian version, the bacon can be replaced with fried tofu.Log in to Reply As a fan of all things Tuscan I will have to try this pasta salad recipe. I’m always searching for delicious recipes for pasta salad, I recently made this version http://cookingwithtricia.ca/recipes/map-mondays-2/pasta-salad/ and it came out DELICIOUS! I will be trying yours sometime this week and coming back with notes 🙂Thank you for the share,GeorginaLog in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.