BLT Pasta Salad
“I made a ‘lite’ version of this with turkey bacon and light cheese. I couldn’t taste the difference at all. It was delish!”
– RAPTORSHARK “I brought this to a potluck and everyone loved
it. I think it tastes best with homemade ranch dressing, using the packaged dry mix rather than bottled.”
1 pound bow-tie or medium
1 pound sliced bacon
1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 1½ cups bottled light ranch
1 cup thinly sliced red onion 1½ teaspoons black pepper 1½ cups shredded romaine lettuce ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning once, until crisp. Drain; pat dry with paper towels. Crumble and set aside.
3. Stir together tomatoes, salad dressing, red onion, and pepper in a large bowl. Add pasta and toss to coat. Chill, covered, at least 2 hours. (Pasta mixture and bacon can be made up to 24 hours ahead and chilled and stored in separate airtight containers.) Before serving, stir in crumbled bacon, romaine, and parsley.
382 REVIEWShands-on 20 min total 2 hr, 30 min serves 10 submitted by: kristy hopkinsarmagazine.com/blt-pasta-salad PER 1-CUP SERVING: 332 CAL; 13.4g FAT (2.3g SAT); 11.2g PRO; 41g CARB; 2.5g FIBER; 583mg SODIUM; 4g SUGARS