Pasta Bean Salad
1 pkt Any EDEN Spirals or Shells
1 bn Broccoli (optional) cut into flowerettes
1 Carrot cut into thin matchsticks
1 medium Red pepper sliced into thin strips
1 bn Green onions, sliced
Cook pasta as package directs, drain and cool. (If using udon, break into thirds and cook according to package directions.) While noodles are cooking, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Blanch carrots and broccoli separately in boiling, salted water for 1-3 minutes. Vegetables should be lightly cooked, crisp and bright. Drain and rinse with cool water to set color. Mix pasta, beans, vegetables, pressed garlic, and red pepper.
Variations: Omit water and replace Umeboshi Paste with Ume Vinegar (to taste). Green pepper can replace broccoli.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes