Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Pasta and wait… Pasta? Yes, Pasta! Meet your new Barbecue, Potluck, family favorite: BLT Pasta salad.
I know what you’re thinking: “Why mess with a classic?” Well, its simple really. See salad is wonderful all on its own. Especially one with homemade ranch dressing. Now, BLT sandwiches have a special place in our hearts too. So we figured; why not have the best of both dishes in one!
Did we mention this dish is a cinch to make. You can use any small pasta you like. You can use any ranch dressing you enjoy- although we prefer our house made ranch. You can even substitute the cilantro for parsley. What you can’t do is have just one bite. Seriously, its that good. You will want more. Lots more…
Before you can eat, you’ve got to cook. It all starts with cooking your pasta, then rinsing in cool water. Drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta to keep it from sticking. Then, while your pasta is still cooling, cook your bacon till crispy. Keep the rendered fat. Split your cherry tomatoes in half and put in a bowl with your pasta.
Now shred some lettuce and finely chop your cilantro. Add these ingredients with the bacon to your pot.
Already looking good! Now, take your ranch dressing and drizzle over the pasta. Stir to make sure you’ve added enough to lightly coat the pasta. Fold in the mayonnaise to bind the ranch to the pasta. Now chill the pasta for a minimum of 30 minutes. Then enjoy!
2 C. Small Elbow Macaroni
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes
2 C. Iceberg Lettuce
10 Slices Crumbled Bacon
1/4 C. Ranch Dressing
2 Tbls. Mayonnaise
3 Tbls. Cilantro