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BLT Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe is a take on the quintessential favorite summer sandwich, the BLT. All the key ingredients are here, turned into a large gathering pasta salad, dressing with a creamy bacon dressing, no less.

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To keep the dressing from curdling, be sure to cool the bacon drippings to room temperature before adding to the mayonnaise.


Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Transfer pasta to a bowl of ice water; drain well.

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve 3 Tbsp. drippings; set aside to cool.

Whisk together mayonnaise, reserved drippings, shallots, basil, vinegar, and sugar in a bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Stir in pasta, romaine, tomatoes, and bacon. Season salad with salt and pepper.

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Tags: Easy, Quick, Side Dishes, Make Ahead, Bbq, 4Th Of July, Salad, Tailgate, Superbowl

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