Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad

Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad

Perfect for a potluck, picnic or any time you're serving a crowd, this big batch of pasta salad can be prepared in just 25 minutes.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

2:25

Hrs:Mins

Makes

22

servings

1
package (16 oz) penne pasta
1/2
lb sliced bacon
1
pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
2
medium red or green bell peppers or 1 of each, chopped (2 cups)
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1/3
cup red wine vinegar
1
tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2
cup olive oil
1/2
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; refrigerate until serving time.
  3. In large bowl, mix pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions.
  4. In small bowl, beat vinegar and mustard with whisk. Add oil; beat with whisk until blended. Stir in basil, salt and pepper. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to combine. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled.
  5. Just before serving, sprinkle bacon over salad and toss to combine.
Makes 22 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Grape tomatoes are the smaller version of cherry tomatoes and they are just about bite-size. Cherry tomatoes, cut in half or into quarters, can be used instead of grape tomatoes in this salad.
Experiment with the bacon. Try peppered bacon or applewood-smoked bacon for a slight flavor variation. If using peppered bacon, taste the salad before seasoning to taste with pepper.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (1/2 Cup))
  • Calories 160
    • (Calories from Fat 60),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 270mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 1g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1/2 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.