Southwestern Pasta Salad

This is recipe I remember making several years ago back when I lived at home. My mom and sister and I used to love it. We finally busted out the recipe again last time I was home and it was just as good as I remembered.  Next time I make it I think I may add in some fresh or pickled jalapenos to give it an extra kick and some heat.  I find it is best served slightly warmed or at room temperature.  This would make an excellent dinner if you added grilled chicken or shrimp over the top.  I think what I like most about this pasta is it has a creamy dressing instead of a vinaigrette, its so good.

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4 oz reduced fat cream cheese

4 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons milk

1 table spoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


2 cups bow-tie pasta or 1 12 oz box

1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed

1 can white corn

1 4 oz can chopped green chiles

1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

2-3 green onions chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Combine cream cheese, lemon juice, milk, olive oil, lemon zest, cumin, salt and garlic powder in a microwave bowl.   Heat on high in microwave 1 minute or until cream cheese is soft.  Stir to blend ingredients, add water if it needs to be thinned.  Add in Parmesan cheese and set aside.

Cook pasta and drain.  Add dressing and toss.  Add in black beans, corn, green chiles, green onion, tomato, cilantro and toss.  Grate in fresh Parmesan and mix all together.


  1. September 25, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    I have tried several of your recipes and haved loved them all!!!! Keep them coming!

  2. September 25, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Yummy!! I am so excited to find all of y'all charleston bloggers!! So super cool!

  3. September 25, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Did you serve it warm just after you tossed it, or did you chill it prior to serving?

  4. September 25, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Did you serve it warm just after you tossed it, or did you chill it prior to serving?

  5. September 26, 2013 / 2:50 am

    mmm, made your cole slaw last week and it was a HUGE hit with me and the fiancé! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. September 26, 2013 / 3:01 am

    yes, please. the dressing has cream cheese? sign me up

  7. September 26, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I ended up making this last night since I already had all the ingredients. It was so yummy! I used whole wheat spaghetti. Next time I will definitely try with chicken or shrimp. Thank you for a new, great recipe!

  8. September 26, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    I'm making this tomorrow. SO MY GOODNESS.

  9. September 27, 2013 / 6:06 am

    Ah it looks so good always have the best recipes!

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