Caprese Pasta Salad
1 (13.25 ounce) box whole-wheat penne (or other shape) pasta
4 medium tomatoes, chopped or 1 pound grape tomatoes, halved
½ pound fresh low-fat, mozzarella cheese, in ½” cubes or fresh mozzarella “pearls”
1/3 cup chopped fresh sweet basil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain. Add tomatoes, cheese and sweet basil.
In a separate small bowl, combine oil, seasoning, vinegar and salt (if using). Add to pasta mixture and chill.
Nutrition: One serving provides approximately: 9 g Protein, 31 g Carbohydrates, 4 g Fiber, 12 g Fat (4 g saturated), 18 mg Cholesterol, 1 mcg Folate, 1 mg Iron, 22 mg Sodium