Green Bean and Whole-grain Penne Salad

This salad is all about contrasts in flavor and texture: chewy, nutty pasta mingled with crisp, sweet green beans and strewn with bits of crunchy bacon and creamy Roquefort.
Makes 16 side-dish servings

Ingredients

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1 1/2 pounds green beans, stems trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-in. lengths
16 ounces whole-grain penne, rotini, rotelle, or fusilli pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise
About 1/3 lb. Roquefort cheese
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons each finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and finely chopped chives
5 crisply cooked thick slices bacon, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt

Preparation

Total: 40 Minutes

1. Bring 2 large pots of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water. In one pot, boil green beans 3 minutes; drain and plunge in ice water to stop cooking. In the other, cook pasta until tender to the bite, 9 to 12 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water until completely cool (see Notes).

2. In a food processor, pulse mayonnaise, Roquefort, and vinegar until well combined but still slightly chunky.

3. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, green beans, Roquefort dressing, parsley, chives, bacon, and pepper until pasta is well coated. Season with salt to taste.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.

Created date

June 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 214
Caloriesfromfat 42 %
Protein 7.9 g
Fat 10 g
Satfat 3.3 g
Carbohydrate 24 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Sodium 363 mg
Cholesterol 15 mg