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Quick Easy BLT Pasta Salad

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Recipe

This is a quick and easy make-ahead bacon and tomato pasta salad recipe that's always a hit at potluck get-togethers.

 

Yield

8 servings

Prep

5 min

Cook

10 min

Ready

15 min
Trans-fat Free

Ingredients

Amount Measure Ingredient Features
16 ounces pasta shells
medium size
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1 pound bacon
sliced
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1 ½ cups salad dressing, creamy ranch
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1 small onions
chopped
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2 each tomatoes
chopped
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Ingredients

Amount Measure Ingredient Features
462.4 ml/g pasta shells
medium size
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453.6 g bacon
sliced
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355 ml salad dressing, creamy ranch
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1 small onions
chopped
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2 each tomatoes
chopped
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Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until almost tender, about 7 to 8 minutes.

Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper toweling. Discard the bacon fat.

In a large serving bowl, mix the dressing, onion, and tomatoes.

Gently mix in the pasta. The pasta will absorb excess dressing once refrigerated.

This salad is best made ahead and refrigerated overnight or for at least several hours.

Add the crumbled bacon over the top just before serving.

You may optionally serve on a bed of lettuce for a bit more BLT alignment.

The bottled dressing works but making your own is even better. I like the Creamy Dill Ranch or Buttermilk Ranch dressing. See the links below.



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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 124g (4.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36060% from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1313mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars g
Protein 46g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
 

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