Summer Time #18 – Bacon

summertime2 Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Makes 10 servings

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cool: 60 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 340 gr or 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 235 ml or 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 20 gr or 3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix (which is almost a whole package)
  • 1 gr or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 gr or ½ teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 120 ml or ½ cup milk, or as needed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 x 120 gr or 4¼ ounce can of sliced black olives
  • 115 gr or 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

fried_baconTO MAKE:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.
  3. Drain.
  4. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until evenly brown.
  5. Drain and chop.
  6. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper.
  7. Stir in milk until smooth.
  8. Place rotini, bacon, tomato, black olives and cheese in bowl and toss to coat with dressing.
  9. Cover and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  10. Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

Note 1: Not a big fan of garlic powder? So substitute it with freshly minced garlic.

Note 2: Squeeze half a lemon over it all and give it a toss before serving, it freshen it up a bit.

Note 3: Substitute 2 gr or 1 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh pepper in place of the garlic pepper.

Note 4: When you want this to be more of a meal, boil 3 chicken breasts, cube them and put them in the salad.

ENJOY !

Amount Per Serving Main recipe:
Calories: 336
Total Fat: 26.8g
Cholesterol: 31mg
Sodium: 691mg
Total Carbohydrates: 14.9g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1g
Protein: 9.3g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20150827-ST18-Bacon-Ranch-Pasta-Salad