20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

Are you ready for a fresh, fun, SUPER easy pasta salad? Yeeeees, you say? P-E-R-F-E-C-T! Feast your eyes on this simple bow tie pasta salad LOADED with bacon, lettuce, and tomato!!! It’s dressed in a slightly creamy (and totally addicting) Zesty Italian dressing, and I promise you won’t be able to stop at just one bite… ?

 

20 Minute BLT Pasta Salad

 

To ease back into the whole real life situation, I decided to take things easy dinner wise and make this incredibly simple 20-minute BLT pasta salad. Creamy, dreamy, and just begging to be your dinner!

 

20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

 

The creaminess in this salad is very subtle and comes from the combination of zesty italian dressing and ranch… I know! Sounds a little weird, right? But I promise you the combo is off-the-hook incredible!

The Italian dressing gives the pasta a tangy, herby vibe, while the ranch adds just a touch of creaminess. It just works!

 

20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

 

INGREDIENTS:



1 pound bow tie pasta
1 cup Kraft Zest Italian Salad Dressing (Kraft Zesty Italian now has even more herbs & spices!)
1/2 cup Kraft Creamy Ranch (The Classic Ranch is now creamier, with more buttermilk and savory herbs.)
1 pound thick cut bacon, fried until crispy then cut into strips or crumbled (I think strips looks prettier, but it *is more work)
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced (heirlooms work great here if you can get your hands on them)
10 leaves of crispy romaine lettuce, washed / dried / and cut chopped into bite sized pieces
1 VERY small onion red onion, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste

 

20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:


  • Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 2

Drain pasta and rinse under cold water until cool.

  • Step 3

While the water is coming to a boil, heat a skillet over medium heat, add bacon strips, and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate.

  • Step 4

Place cooled pasta in a large serving bowl; set aside.

  • Step 5

In a small bowl combine zesty Italian dressing and ranch, mix well. Add dressing to pasta and toss well to coat pasta.

  • Step 6

Add bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion to the pasta bowl, mix well to combine, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve at once, or chill until needed.

 

20-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

 

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