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Cold Herbed Pasta Salad

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  Whole wheat spaghetti 2 Ounce, broken into thirds
  Peeled carrots 2
  Zucchini 2 Medium
  Button mushrooms/Fresh shiitake mushrooms 16 Large, thinly sliced
  Chopped fresh basil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Herb and garlic 4 Tablespoon (2 Recipes, Adjust Quantity As Needed)
For dressing
  Tomatoes 2 , peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

Cook the pasta in 2 quarts of rapidly boiling water.
While the pasta is cooking, put the carrots through the fine shredderof a food processor.
When the pasta is al dente tender but still firm to the bite hold a strainer over the pot near the edge and scoop the pasta into it with a slotted spoon or wire skimmer.
Do not pour off the boiling water.
Set the pasta aside to drain.
Toss the carrots into the boiling pasta water and blanch for 30 seconds.
Drain and immediately refresh the carrots in a bowl of cold water.
Dram again and let cool.
Cut off the ends of the zucchini.
Hold a sharp knife at one end and cut down the length of a zucchini, removing the rind and about 1/4 inch of pulp, but leaving the seeds.
Repeat for the 3 remaining sides, then cut the other zucchini the same way.
Discard the cores (or reserve for another use) and put the pieces of rind and pulp through the fine shredder of the food processor.
When the pasta and carrot are at room temperature, toss with the zucchini, mushrooms, basil, and dressing.
For the Briefcase Lunch, put one quarter of the salad in a container with a tightly fitting lid.
Pack one quarter of the tomatoes and Parmesan cheese in separate containers, cover, and chill.
Cover the remaining salad, tomatoes, and cheese and store in the refrigerator

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 571 Calories from Fat 108

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g19.1%

Saturated Fat 5.9 g29.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 27.4 mg9.1%

Sodium 652.7 mg27.2%

Total Carbohydrates 90 g30.1%

Dietary Fiber 14.8 g59.4%

Sugars 24.7 g

Protein 40 g80.5%

Vitamin A 490.7% Vitamin C 186.4%

Calcium 52.4% Iron 39.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Cold Herbed Pasta Salad Recipe