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Black Bean Pasta Salad

Cooking healthy doesn't mean you have to spend hours in a hot kitchen. Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson serves a low-fat, fuss-free fiesta at her Lusby, Maryland home by simply combining a refrigerating a few tasty ingredients.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 8 ounces rigatoni or penne pasta
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a bowl; stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 221 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 lean meat.

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  • flipperpie
    Jul 7, 2016

    It's a hot evening and I didn't feel much like cooking. Made this bean salad to go with hot dogs on a bun. This salad is easy to make , different from the usual pasta salads and very tasty. It is for certain that I will add this to my collection of pasta salads recipes.

  • Wni
    Apr 23, 2012

    No comment left

  • ConnieK
    May 8, 2011

    This is so easy to make and it's a nice change of pace from the usual mayo based macaroni salad or the Italian dressing based pasta salads. Would definately recommend trying.