Freeze Ahead Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Freeze Ahead Italian Pasta Salad
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  1. Cook rotini per package directions.
  2. If using fresh broccoli, add it to the cooking pasta for the last two minutes.
  3. Rinse pasta (and broccoli) in cold water.
  4. Open cans of beans, olives, artichoke hearts and mushrooms and drain them.
  5. Cut artichoke hearts into sixths, or smaller if you prefer.
  6. Mix pasta, broccoli, beans, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and green onions in a large bowl.
  7. Add salad dressing and stir to mix.
  8. To Freeze: Divide into freezer bags, based on the size of your family, and if you’ll serve this as a side dish or a main dish.
  9. Seal, label and freeze.
  10. To Serve: Thaw bag in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  11. Shake the bag a few times before serving.
  12. Add any of the optional ingredients, stir and serve.
  13. Since this dish is served cold, and the pasta isn’t re-heated, don’t under-cook it.
  14. Cook it al dente per package directions.
  15. Some of the salad dressing will be absorbed by the salad while it’s frozen.
  16. You may need to add a fresh shake or two of dressing before serving, especially if you add any extra ingredients.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 362.26 Kcal (1517 kJ)
Calories from fat 224.82 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.98g 38%
Cholesterol 30.65mg 10%
Sodium 572.23mg 24%
Potassium 431.8mg 9%
Total Carbs 18.06g 6%
Sugars 2.91g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Protein 16.05g 32%
Vitamin C 15.8mg 26%
Iron 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 180.9mg 18%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 174.35 Kcal (730 kJ)
Calories from fat 108.2 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.02g 38%
Cholesterol 14.75mg 10%
Sodium 275.41mg 24%
Potassium 207.82mg 9%
Total Carbs 8.69g 6%
Sugars 1.4g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.01g 8%
Protein 7.72g 32%
Vitamin C 7.6mg 26%
Iron 0.9mg 10%
Calcium 87.1mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.9
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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