BLT Pasta Salad

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  • BLT Pasta Salad – this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    Hello there! It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog. Last month I shared a recipe for One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice and today I am excited to share an easy summer pasta salad recipe. We eat a lot of BLT sandwiches in the summer because they are easy to make and you don’t have to heat the oven  This BLT Pasta Salad is a fun way of mixing things up.

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    This pasta salad is made with fresh grape tomatoes, baby arugula and spinach, Cavatappi pasta, cheese, croutons and bacon. I mean, those ingredient sound delicious, right?!

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    Every pasta salad starts with the pasta first. I am using a box of Cavatappi noodles but you could use any noodle you prefer. I like the shape of this pasta and the ridges hold the sauce nicely. Just cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box and set aside.

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    In the meantime, cook twelve pieces of bacon in a non-stick pan until crispy. I cook mine four pieces at a time so the pan doesn’t get overcrowded and so the bacon can cook evenly. Place the cooked bacon on paper towels to drain. Reserve two tablespoon of the bacon grease and remove the extra with a towel.

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    In the same pan that the bacon was cooked in, heat tomatoes and minced garlic along with the reserved bacon grease until the tomatoes are tender.

    Add the cooked pasta to the pan of sauteed tomatoes and garlic. Then add the cooked bacon and mixed greens and toss together. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons. Serve warm or cold.

    This BLT Pasta Salad is great for big crowds. I took this salad to a potluck recently and it was a big hit. It’s also great for summer cookouts and picnics!

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

    BLT Pasta Salad

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 361kcal
    Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor
    A delicious summer pasta salad recipe made with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.

    Ingredients

    • 12 slices of bacon
    • 16 ounces Cavatappi pasta (1 box)
    • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
    • 1 clove of garlic minced
    • 3 cups of mixed baby arugula and spinach
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Drizzle of olive oil
    • Fresh grated Parmesan
    • Croutons

    Instructions

    • Bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the pasta and cook until just tender–about 11 minutes.  8
    • Cook bacon in a non-stick pan until crispy (approximately 8 minutes per 4 slices of bacon).  Place the cooked bacon on paper towels to drain.  Reserve two tablespoon of the bacon grease and remove the extra with a towel.
    • In the same pan that the bacon was cooked in, heat tomatoes and minced garlic along with the reserved bacon grease until the tomatoes are tender (about 2 minutes).
    • Add the cooked pasta to the pan of sauted tomatoes and garlic.  Then add the cooked bacon and mixed greens and toss together.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons.  Serve warm or cold.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9.6% | Vitamin C: 17.9% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 7.7%
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    Thanks, Katie!

    BLT Pasta Salad - this pasta salad is a fun twist on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Great for summer parties and picnics!

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