Basil-Pecan Shells with Smoked Salmon

Basil-Pecan Shells with Smoked Salmon

Basil-Pecan Shells with Smoked Salmon

Salmon makes a fabulous addition to any healthy diet. Its low fat content makes it a perfect protein substitute for fatty cuts of beef.


Makes 4 servings


1 cup fresh basil, stems removed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/3 cup fat-free (skim) milk
12 ounces uncooked medium-size pasta shells or conchiglie
8 ounces smoked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces
4 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Place basil, Parmesan, garlic and oil in food processor or blender; process until finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Combine yogurt and milk in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain well. Transfer to large serving bowl. Add basil mixture, yogurt mixture, salmon and pecans. Mix well. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories 497
Calories from Fat 27 %
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Carbohydrate 62 g
Fiber 4 g
Protein 28 g
Sodium 600 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 4
Meat 2
Fat 2

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