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Succotash Pasta Salad
with corn / lima beans / vegan sausage

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

Mid-summer weather is great for pasta salads that can be served warm or chilled. This version is inspired by the classic Southern vegetable dish - succotash.
Smarts: Lima beans are a classic addition to succotash, but check the package for cooking directions. We found a wide range of cook times recommended in the options at our local grocery store as it will depend on whether the beans are blanched or pre-cooked before freezing. If you aren't a fan of lima beans, shelled edamame or another bean (like pinto or white beans) would work well.


Succotash Pasta Salad:
  • Pasta, fusilli or penne - 8 oz
  • Lima beans, frozen - 1 1/2 cups (sub shelled edamame or canned beans like pinto or white)
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Vegan sausage - 8 oz, sliced
  • Corn kernels - 1 cup, sliced off the cob or frozen and defrosted
  • Tomatoes, roma - 3, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Pasta Salad Dressing:
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Pasta / Lima beans (if using) - Boil pasta and lima beans according to package directions. Lima beans are sometimes pre-boiled before freezing and may need only to be boiled for a few minutes to cook properly. If the cook times are similar, you can add both of these ingredients to a pot of salted boiling water at the same time, or get one started boiling and add the second ingredient after a few minutes. (Note: If not using lima beans, just cook pasta now and wait to add other beans.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Vegan sausage - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Whisk together oregano, red pepper flakes, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Corn - If using fresh corn, slice kernels off cobs. If using frozen, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Tomatoes / Beans (if using a canned beans instead of frozen lima beans) - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onions and vegan sausage. Saute until onions are opaque and sausage is lightly browned, ~5 minutes.
  2. Add corn and beans (if using something other than lima beans) and saute until warmed through, ~2 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and transfer ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  4. To mixing bowl, add pasta / lima beans, tomatoes, and dressing. Season with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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This meal has 22 reviews

This was so tasty! We subbed veggie sausage for the real sausage, increased the Old Bay, and enjoyed getting messy with this delicious dish for a couple of days in a row. We didn't end up making the salad in this recipe, but just using some random stuff we had around for a salad.

By: Angela
Posted: Sep 11, 2019
Diet: Original

Wow, what a treat! This was so good. Use the big jumbo shrimp. Easy to prepare, but took me longer than the stated time... probably because my 5-year old daughter wanted to help me prepare dinner tonight. (It is a good meal to prep with kids.) I was surprised to see my kids going for seconds... we all loved this meal! Saved to favs and will make this next time we have company for dinner.

By: Bianca
Posted: Aug 30, 2019
Diet: Original

I didn't make the salad, but the shrimp boil was a hit even with the kids.

By: Laura
Posted: Aug 12, 2019
Diet: Original

This was hit but the dressing seemed a bit off.

By: Tanja
Posted: Aug 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Chose to make my own “Old Bay” because I can’t handle much heat. Worked great and results were delicious. Will absolutely make this again!

By: Jessica
Posted: Jul 30, 2019
Diet: Original

I did this in the Instant Pot because it was really really hot and it worked pretty well. I used the Cook Smarts ingredients (minus the shrimp) and 1 can of beer (stock of water would work too) for 5 minutes on high pressure, and then added the shrimp for 1 minute more. The flavors were awesome.

By: Rachel
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original