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Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad

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Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 22
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Perfect for a potluck, picnic or any time you're serving a crowd, this big batch of pasta salad can be prepared in just 25 minutes. ...MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1 package (16 oz/454 g) penne pasta
1/2 lb (250 g) sliced bacon
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium red or green bell peppers or 1 of each, chopped (2 cups/500 mL)
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup/50 mL)
1/3 cup (75 mL) red wine vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3
    In large bowl, mix pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions.
  • 4
    In small bowl, beat vinegar and mustard with whisk. Add oil; beat with whisk until blended. Stir in basil, salt and pepper. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to combine. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled.
  • 5
    Just before serving, sprinkle bacon over salad and toss to combine.

Expert Tips

  • Tip: Grape tomatoes are the smaller version of cherry tomatoes and they are just about bite-size.  Cherry tomatoes, cut in half or into quarters, can be used instead of grape tomatoes in this salad.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 22 servings
Calories
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7
Saturated Fat
1
Trans Fat
0
Cholesterol
0
Sodium
270
Dietary Fiber
1
Sugars
1
Protein
4
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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