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BLT Pasta Salad

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Yield 4 Servings
Forget the sandwich and get your bacon, lettuce and tomato fix in a pasta dish. This BLT Pasta Salad is easy, colorful and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 strips packaged, precooked bacon
  • 1 (7 oz.) bag baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 oz.)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 419
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 21 mg
  • sodium 775 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water, stirring often, until al dente. Drain, then rinse with cold water until it's cool. Transfer pasta to a large salad bowl. Add oil, onion, vinegar, mustard and salt, then toss well.

  2. Crisp bacon in microwave, according to package directions; break into 1-inch pieces. Add to pasta with spinach, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Toss well and serve.