BLT Summer Pasta Salad
One of our son’s best friends who is also our employee, who is also like a third son, recently graduated from college!! So for his party, I had to come up with something really different. If you’ve read this blog at all over the last 3 years (yes, I missed my 3 year anniversary last month) you will know that I love BLT’s (hold the “t” add “cheese”) and s’mores.
Since I couldn’t figure out a way to make a s’more salad, I made this instead. I usually make my recipes and then it takes about 3-4 months to see them come to fruition on this blog. This recipe, however, I had to write and share right away because it is that good…
BLT Pasta Salad
Yield: This makes a huge salad!
12 ounces pasta
1/3 cup milk
1 package (12 ounces) bacon, cooked and cut up (reserve 2 tablespoons of the grease)
2 garlic cloves-minced
2 cups cherry tomatoes-halved and quartered if neccesary
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons chives-chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 romaine hearts-chopped
Cook the pasta in a large pot according to the package directions. Drain, put in a large bowl and mix with the milk (this will help the pasta not stick together as it cools).
In the skillet with the reserved bacon grease, add the minced garlic and cook about a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook about a minute more, or until warmed through. Pour over the pasta and mix.
In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and soure cream together. Add in the chives and season well with salt and pepper. Mix in to the pasta, adding more milk if you need more mositure. Toss in the romaine hearts and bacon and top with shaved Parmesan cheese