BLT Pasta Salad

What you need:

1 box (12 ounce) shaped  pasta ( I used CorkScrew)

1 cup milk

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

2 teaspoons of minced or powdered garlic

10 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped into bacon bits (reserve 3 tablespoons of bacon grease)

1/2 cup mayo 

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup ranch dressing

3-4 cups shredded lettuce

Salt and Pepper

What to do:

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water for about 15 minutes, or until tender.

Drain the pasta.

Toss the pasta with 1 cup of milk in a large bowl. Drain again.

Cook the bacon and reserve 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease. 

In a medium sauce pan, heat the bacon grease and the garlic. Cook the garlic until it starts to brown and become fragrant.

Add the chopped cherry tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes until they are tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Chop the cooked bacon into bacon bits. Set aside about 1/4 cup of bacon bits and add the rest of the bacon bits to the bowl of pasta. Mix together.

Mix the tomato mixture with the pasta and bacon.

Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and ranch into the pasta. Mix well until everything is coated. Season with salt and pepper.

I served my Salad in a glass Trifle bowl, so that the layers would show. If you don't have a Trifle dish, you could just use a glass bowl or a regular bowl.

In the Trifle dish, add one layer of shredded lettuce. Next add a layer of the pasta mixture, next add a layer of lettuce, next add a layer of pasta, keep going until you reach the top ending with a layer of pasta. 

Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of bacon bits that was reserved. 

I let the salad chill for about 30 minutes and then brought it out and let it come to  room temperature before serving.

BLT Pasta Salad -- Big Bear's Wife

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