SUMMER PASTA SALAD

Oh the summertime barbecue, that special get together with friends, so reminiscent of holiday celebrations, fireworks, kids passed out after hours of swimming, and bowl after bowl of one of America’s favorite summer time sides, Pasta salad!  Pasta salad is a dish prepared with short cut pasta. Unlike potato salad, pasta salad is virtually never served hot and is made with some sort of dressing. Often loaded with veggies, cheeses, meats and so much more, (Where did I put that kitchen sink?) pasta salad can also be as simple as elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, and seasoning. Mine is a little more ingredient filled, but maybe we’ll look at that classic in another blog post!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite pasta salad recipes. Its a tried and true recipe I make year after year, and has been greatly received at any barbecue I attend. What makes it so special you ask? Is it the crumbled bacon, I mean who doesn’t love bacon right? Is it the secret ingredient – chicken stock? It’s unconventional, yes, but it adds a nice flavor and cuts the fat in the dressing. I do put bacon and cheese in here so I’ve got to cut those fats somewhere, and I’m certainly not giving up bacon and cheese! I don’t know what it is that makes it so special, but i do know one thing, its delicious? So with out further ado…

SUMMER PASTA SALAD

Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 Cups Mayonnaise
    • 3/4 Cups Chicken Stock
    • One Packet Italian Dressing Mix
    • 1 Medium Carrot, Grated
    • 1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
    • 1 Celery Rib, Diced
    • 1 10.8 Oz Package Frozen Broccoli, Thawed
    • 1 Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
    • 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
    • 8 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, Cooked Crisp and Crumbled
    • 1 16 Oz Package Penne Pasta, Cooked

Directions:

  1. Whisk together Mayonnaise, Stock, and Dressing Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  3. Chill in refrigerator at least an hour for flavors to combine.

Serve with your favorite barbecued foods, and have a blast.  Just remember to wait a half hour after eating pasta salad before swimming…if you can wait a half hour in-between bites.

-Christine

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