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Southwestern-Style Picante Pasta Salad

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  • prep time: 30 min
  • total time: 30 min
  • serves: 8 people
  • calories: 272 1 serving

Whether you’re looking for a fabulous side dish or a meatless main that can hold its own, this Southwest inspired pasta salad fits the bill. Pasta and veggies are drenched in a flavorful picante sauce-based dressing. The flavor develops as it stands, so it’s the perfect make-ahead dish.


  • 1 1/2 cups Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 16 ounces (about 6 cups) corkscrew pasta, cooked and drained (about 8 cups cooked)


  • Tips

    • Tip: You can also add diced cooked chicken breast or Swanson® Premium White Chunk Chicken Breast, drained, to this recipe.
  • Step 1

    Stir the picante sauce, oil, lime juice, chili powder, black pepper, corn, cilantro, onion, red pepper and green pepper in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Add the rotini and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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Made With

Calories 272
Total Fat 4 g
Sat. Fat 0.6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 395 mg
Total Carb 48 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 8 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 1 %DV
Iron 11 %DV
Potassium 4 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.