BLT Pasta Salad Recipe


BLT Pasta Salad Recipe



BLT Pasta Salad Recipe screams “Hold the mayo!” No problem… there is none.  Traditional idea= amazing flavors. Bacon bits, Cherry Tomatoes, and Arugula are stars in this dish. Add in a dash of Feta Cheese and the traditional BLT has been flavorsized.

I know it is the end of Summer but I just can’t let it go.  Isn’t that what Indian Summer is all about?  Summer extension into September. It is always nice weather where I live so why not have one more family picnic. I am going to do just that. So adding this salad to the menu might be just what the family needs to end Summer right.

This is one of those dishes that brings out the best of the harvest. Gather your arugula and cherry tomatoes because they are headed for a pasta salad that is amped with flavor.

Pasta is one of those staple dishes that takes center stage in the pantry. So of course, it it used in many varieties. One of my favorite pasta brands is Barilla.  They have so many types and I love the portion controlled boxes. Plus they store really easily.

Bacon is one of those things I usually burn. It was a joke with my kids. When I cooked bacon the smoke detector usually woke them up, not the smell of bacon.  After years of working in a hotel I discovered a way  to make bacon without the burn.

Cooking Bacon Easy as 1, 2 3

1-On a baking sheet place a sheet of tin foil. Extend it up and over the edges to create a pan so the drippings stay on the foil.

2-Place raw bacon on top of the foil.

3-Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

It always works for me.  Drain the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate.  Break the bacon into bits once it has cooled.

I hope you love this Summer Salad as much as I do.  We devour the entire bowl in one setting always.

Farewell Summer! Welcome Fall!


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BLT Pasta Salad Recipe
Serves 6
All the flavors of a classic BLT sandwich combined into a wonderful end of Summer Salad.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
399 calories
59 g
25 g
10 g
17 g
4 g
135 g
837 g
3 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399
Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 837mg
Total Carbohydrates 59g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb cooked pasta, shells or macaroni
  2. 1/2 lb cooked bacon, cut into chunks
  3. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  4. 1/2 cup fresh arugula, cleaned and torn into bite sizes
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp pepper
  7. 1 tsp Montreal Seasonings
  8. 2 tsp olive oil
  9. 1/2 cup feta cheese
  1. Place cooked pasta, bacon, tomatoes, arugula and seasonings in a medium sized bowl. Toss with olive oil. Add feta cheese and toss together.
  1. Flavors enhance after being refrigerated for a few hours.
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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.


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