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Profile Pasta Challenge - 3rd Place: Profile Taco Pasta

Three weeks ago, we challenged our stores to create the ultimate Profile-approved cold pasta recipe. Each location submitted their top recipe to go head-to-head in the final taste test at Profile HQ. After much deliberation, the top three recipes were picked and a champion has been crowned. Stay tuned over the next three days as we release the top three recipes in our Profile Pasta Challenge!

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Third Place: Profile Taco Pasta
Created by Profile by Sanford - Brookings

Profile - Brookings found a way to fuse together Italian and Mexican cuisine so you can enjoy that taco crunch without all the calories. Combining fresh lettuce and cherry tomatoes with a handful of Profile foods, they were able to recreate the delectable taste of taco salad in a way that's definitely 'Profile-approved'. Sprinkle some freshly shredded cheese on the top and you have a zesty cold salad that's sure to be a party pleaser!

Profile Exchange values: 2.5 ounces of lean protein, 2 free foods, 1 fat serving

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 10 minutes

Number of Servings: 4

Serving Size: ¼ of the package of noodles


  • One whole package of Profile Spaghetti noodles
  • One package Profile Homestyle Sloppy Joes
  • One bag of Profile Barbeque Crunch O's (used as a garnish)
  • ½ bottle Profile Zesty Asian Dressing
  • ½ package low sodium taco seasoning
  • One pack of shredded lettuce
  • ¼ cup low fat cheese
  • One handful cherry tomatoes

Let the spaghetti noodles thaw out in the fridge overnight. That same evening, cook the Sloppy Joe meat as directed on the package and set in a bowl in the fridge alongside the noodles.

The next day, mix the thawed noodles with half a bottle of Profile Zesty Asian dressing and taco seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with the Sloppy Joe meat, garnish with crushed Barbeque Crunch O's and serve.

Garnish with Crunch O's right before serving to make sure they stay nice and crunchy