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Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

You can prep the components of this pasta salad in advance -- toss together just before serving. The spicy arugula, creamy goat cheese, and a touch of Dijon mustard give the dish plenty of flavor.

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  • Servings: 4
Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound gemelli or other short pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (3 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 bunch arugula (8 ounces), torn
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, toss pasta with beans and goat cheese.

  2. Make dressing: In a bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and mustard and season with salt and pepper. (To store, refrigerate pasta mixture and dressing separately, up to 1 day.) To serve, toss pasta mixture with dressing, arugula, and onion.

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