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Cranberry, Bacon and Blue Cheese Pasta Salad

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Cranberry, Bacon and Blue Cheese Pasta Salad
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 6
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Looking for a filling recipe for dinner? Then check out this fruity, nutty salad made using Betty Crocker® Suddenly Salad® ranch and bacon salad mix that’s tossed together in just 25 minutes!
Updated Jun 5, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 box (7.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad® ranch and bacon salad mix
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 3/4 cup cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce (6 leaves)
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 medium stalk celery, sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 4 oz Roquefort or other blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)

Steps

  • 1
    Fill 3-quart saucepan 2/3 full of water; heat to boiling. Add Pasta. Gently boil, uncovered, 12 minutes, stirring occasionally; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3
    In small bowl, combine Seasoning mix from packet, juice and oil. In large bowl, stir together cooked pasta and remaining ingredients except cheese.
  • 4
    Just before serving, toss salad with dressing and sprinkle with cheese.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To toast pecans, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Nutrition

560 Calories, 33g Total Fat, 14g Protein, 52g Total Carbohydrate, 23g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
300
Total Fat
33g
51%
Saturated Fat
7g
36%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
830mg
35%
Potassium
310mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
4g
18%
Sugars
23g
Protein
14g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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