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.
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 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 with salt and pepper.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 512mg 21%
Carbs 19g 6%
Fiber 1g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.