BLT Pasta Salad

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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.


20 servings (about 15 cups)

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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 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.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 243

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g 21%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 21mg 7%

Sodium 512mg 21%

Carbs 19g 6%

Fiber 1g 4%

Protein 11g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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