Southwestern Shell Pasta Salad Recipe

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Chop, chop, chop and get your frustrations out making this pasta salad with south-of-the-border appeal. Choose your heat level by amount of peppers, hot sauce and chilies you add. This yields a generous bowl and serves 12-14. Make this ahead of time and chill ~ if you can wait and can keep everyone out too!

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Servings: 14


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  1. In large bowl combine shell pasta, beans, corn, olives, green chilies, onions, bell pepper, celery, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers.
  2. In small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, lime juice, mayonnaise, Tabasco and salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over pasta mixture and toss lightly, coating evenly.
  3. Cover and chill a few hours or overnight. Adjust seasonings as needed.
  4. If desired, lightly fold in avocados and serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 149g
Recipe makes 14 servings
Calories 419  
Calories from Fat 191 46%
Total Fat 21.47g 27%
Saturated Fat 3.06g 12%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 677mg 19%
Total Carbs 47.32g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7.3g 24%
Sugars 2.93g 2%
Protein 11.11g 18%
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  • Bobby Lovera
    I'm sure this tastes as good as it looks!
    They don't call you Salad Foodie for nothing!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Bizzy
      This is my kind of food and I hope I can make it.
      • Lori
        This is delicious! The chopping does take awhile but it is worth it.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


        • Therese
          February 12, 2013
          This recipe looks amazing cant wait to try it !

          • ShaleeDP
            December 20, 2012
            Another pasta variety that I would like to try. I think pasta is very flexible and very good to try.

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