FOOD

BLT Pasta Salad Will Liven Up Your Summer Weeknights

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Personally, I love pasta — unconditionally. I don’t care about the season, temperature, or preparation. In any form, it’s my favorite food.

Still, even an unabashed pasta lover like myself gets sick of the same old recipes after a while; you can only eat pasta with butter and cheese so many times, after all.

That’s why I love livening up the basic base of pasta with some ingredients that add a little zing to an Italian classic, like this delicious recipe for stuffed shells.

Now that it’s summertime, it’s time to try bringing the same attitude to pasta salad, served at a cooler temperature that’s friendlier for those steamier July and August days.

With that in mind, the geniuses in the LittleThings kitchen have come up with a brilliant, super-speedy solution that combines two of the most crave-worthy summertime dishes: Pasta salad and the classic BLT sandwich.

Print out the recipe below to try making this yummy meal for yourself!

Cook: 10 min
Prep: 15 min
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 box bow-tie pasta
  • 1 lb. thick-cut bacon
  • 13 cup creamy ranch dressing
  • 1 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 10 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  • Bring salted water to boil, and cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  • Cook bacon until crispy, then crumble. Set aside.
  • Whisk ranch and Italian dressing together, and toss well with pasta until coated.
  • Mix in bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Add salt and pepper, and toss well.
  • Serve and enjoy!
And if this delectable recipe looks like your idea of a delicious summer meal, make sure to check out the video for more details, and SHARE with friends looking for the perfect dinner dish!
BLT Pasta Salad 15 minutes 10 minutes 25 minutes Serves 6 //www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2016/07/recipe-card-salad-850x444.jpg 1 box bow-tie pasta 1 lb. thick-cut bacon 1/3 cup creamy ranch dressing 1 cup zesty Italian dressing 10 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped 2 large tomatoes, diced 1 small red onion, diced Salt and pepper, to taste Bring salted water to boil, and cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse. Cook bacon until crispy, then crumble. Set aside. Whisk ranch and Italian dressing together, and toss well with pasta until coated. Mix in bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Add salt and pepper, and toss well. Serve and enjoy!

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