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Everything you need to know about pasta

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Pasta can be a staple at many meals. Did you know there are over 600 types of pasta? Pasta is an excellent source of carbohydrates and can be combined with a protein choice or vegetables to make really satisfying dishes.

As for pasta storage, it does have a shelf-life and for best quality it will last up to two years if stored tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta

6 cups fresh baby spinach (about 6 ounces)

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

½ cup cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup minced fresh basil

1/3 cup sun-dried tomato dressing

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup toasted almond slices, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.

Add all other ingredients, except salt and almonds; tossing well to combine.

Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with salt and almonds; toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.

** With pasta salad, it’s easy to change up ingredients. You could also add grilled chicken or beef to this recipe.

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