Fasta Pasta

Fasta Pasta

Pasta salad gets the Recipe Makeover treatment. We shave off the calories, fat and carbs of traditional pasta salad in our version.

Per serving: 201 calories, 4g fat and 33g carbs.

Saves: 263 calories, 18g fat and 27g carbs.


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Serves: 4 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Yield: 4 x approx. 1-3/4 cup servings

Diabetes-Friendly Recipe Low-Carb Recipe

About this Recipe Makeover

Pasta salads can be loaded with oodles of fat and calories. Our makeover recipe replaces the high fat salad dressing with a smaller amount of low-fat dressing. We've also added color, fiber and nutrients with increased vegetables and fresh herbs.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced and halved zucchini squash
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Italian salad dressing
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 cup regular Miracle Whip salad dressing (or equivalent)
  • 3 Tbsp mustard
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


Cook pasta according to directions or until tender (about 8 to 10 minutes). Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.

Place zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onion in large bowl. Add pasta and mix gently.

Combine salad dressing, basil, cheese, and black pepper in a blender. Pour over salad. Toss gently.


For more color use spiral vegetable pasta.


This recipe can be served immediately or made in advance and refrigerated.

Thanks to Recipe Makeover by CalorieKing

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 201 cals
Kilojoules 841 kJ
Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 293 mg
Carbohydrates 33.0 g
Fiber 2.0 g
Total Sugars 4.8 g
Protein 6.0 g
Calcium 41.0 mg
CALORIES 464 cals
Kilojoules 1,942 kJ
Fat 22.0 g
Saturated Fat 4.0 g
Cholesterol 103 mg
Sodium 713 mg
Carbohydrates 60.0 g
Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 27.4 g
Protein 7.0 g
Calcium 36.0 mg
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