BTP Pasta Salad
I just love pasta. My favorite form is a cold pasta salad. This recipe has such a delightful flavor that I just had to post it. It has a very mild spice and the whole thing simply bursts with intense flavor in every bite. It’s versatile enough that you could throw in some grilled chicken or steak, too, for even more flavor and a bit of protein. I came up with this a couple of weeks ago and my husband has asked me to make it twice since then. We’re still not tired of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A delicious pasta salad for any summer cookout. We love the smoky flavor of the bacon. The dressing is fantastic. We wondered if there would be enough dressing to coat the pasta and were pleasantly surprised that there was just enough. It’s not overly sauced. Lemon juice and sugar, along with red pepper, add a subtly distinctive flavor. Very yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cBest Foods/Hellmann’s mayo (it makes a difference in your flavor)

  • 2 Tbsplemon juice

  • 2 tspparsley

  • 1 Tbspbasil (fresh is best but dried works well too)

  • 1 tspcrushed red chili peppers

  • 1 Tbspsugar

  • 1chicken bouillon cube (ground up)

  • 10-12 slicebacon, cooked and chopped

  • 4 stalk(s)green onions, sliced

  • 4 ozpepperoni slices, cut in halves and quarters

  • 2 ozParmesan cheese

  • 1Roma tomato, sliced into pieces

  • 1 pkgbow tie or rotini pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed in cold water

  • 1 can(s)artichoke hearts (optional)

  • ·chopped parsley

How to Make BTP Pasta Salad

  1. BTP Pasta Salad

    Cook pasta based on package directions. Once cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.

  2. BTP Pasta Salad

    Combine mayo, lemon juice, sugar, bouillon, parsley, basil, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. BTP Pasta Salad

    In a large bowl combine bacon, green onions, pepperoni slices, Parmesan cheese, tomato, cooled pasta, and artichoke hearts.

  4. BTP Pasta Salad

    Stir in the mayo sauce mixture until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to let seasonings and pasta mixture blend before serving.

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