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BLT Italian Pasta Salad with Garlic and Basil and Creamy Dressing

BLT Pasta Salad with Garlic and Basil

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  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: American and Italian


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Salad Ingredients

  • 1 lb. (16-ounce) bag of pasta — farfalle, rotini, macaroni, or fusilli
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon, fried crisp, and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups fresh Romaine lettuce, chopped in 1″ pieces
  • 2 cups Iceberg lettuce, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 2 cup red onions, chopped
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (4 – 6 types of cheese in the blend)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: fresh cut herbs

For the Dressing

  • 1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (freshly cracked is best)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Boil water in a tall pot, filled about 2/3rds full.
  2. When water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook for HALF of the time indicated on the package.
  3. Take the pasta to the sink and drain the hot water completely with a colander. Run cold water over the hot pasta until the pasta becomes cold. Tap any extra water from the pasta. Set aside (place in the refrigerator is better).
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing all ingredients together. Chill in the fridge until time to serve.
  5. In a wide frying pan, cook the bacon until nice and crispy (red-ish brown in color). Lay out each strip of bacon on paper towels when finished to remove grease. Allow to cool off. Cut into large chunks.
  6. In a large, wide serving bowl, mix the lettuces, red onions, tomatoes, Italian cheese blend, basil, and Italian parsley.
  7. Add the bacon. Add the pasta.
  8. Add the dressing, about 1/2 cup first to determine if you want more. Then add the other 1/2 and gently mix so as to not break the pasta.
  9. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil and/or Italian parsley.
  10. Mangia! ENJOY!


    • Serving Size: 1
    • Calories: 771
    • Sugar: 7
    • Sodium: 1663
    • Fat: 53
    • Saturated Fat: 16
    • Unsaturated Fat: 34
    • Trans Fat: 0
    • Carbohydrates: 40
    • Fiber: 4
    • Protein: 34
    • Cholesterol: 101
    Verified by ExactMetrics