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Warm Southwestern Pasta Salad

CarolynCarolyn Tierney

I usually double this recipe when I make it. It is a favorite of my son-in-laws and never seems to stick around long!

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  • 3 cups of bow tie pasta – cooked (when doubled I use the whole box)
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/4-1/2 c fresh tomato, seeded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • Dressing
  • 3 oz. cream cheese (I use the whole 8 oz block when I double this recipe). Warm this in the microwave and then blend with the following ingredients:
  • $ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese I use the freshly grated but the canned powdered cheese works OK and it is much less expensive.
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You can prepare this salad ahead of time. Mix the dressing separately then refrigerate. I heat the dressing for a few minutes in the microwave and then pour it over the pasta mixture before serving. You can also add diced chicken to the pasta for a main dish.

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