Monday’s Meal: BLT Pasta Salad
April 16th, 2012
Hi everyone! Cammi here for Monday’s Meal. A few months ago I needed to make a pasta salad for a party. I googled “pasta salad” and eventually I came across a recipe that struck my eye. A BLT pasta salad. Now. I’m not sure if I’ve posted this before, but bacon is my favorite food. I can’t even describe how much I love bacon. A pasta salad that included bacon? Yes, please! I tried it, and wow was it delicious. It was devoured at the party, and I’ve had multiple requests to make it again. Success!
Enjoy this delicious recipe. Let me know how you like it!
BLT Pasta Salad
- 12 ounce corkscrew shaped pasta
- 1/2 cup milk
- 12 ounces lean bacon
- 3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup mayo (i used 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup greek yogurt)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoons chopped chives
- 5 heads Bibb lettuce, quartered, or 5 cups chopped romaine hearts
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as the label directs. Drain and toss with the milk in a large bowl; set aside.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 3 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the tomatoes, thyme and garlic to the pan and toss until warmed through; season with salt and pepper. Crumble the bacon into bite-size pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta.
Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and 3 tablespoons chives with the pasta until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce; toss again to coat. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon chives. Serve at room temperature.
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