Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Pasta Salad

Cooking is about more than putting ingredients into a pan and following directions on a recipe. As in fashion, you have to have a style or sense about food and food combinations. Some people can read a recipe and instantly know if it has potential to be great or if it is not worth the time or money to prepare. In my mind that is what a "foodie" should be. My baby daughter is somewhat of my definition of a "foodie". I know that if she gives me a recipe to try for the blog, that I am probably going to love it and eat way too much. Recently, she forwarded me her recipe for BLT pasta salad. It is very easy and super yummy. It will be great as one of your 4th of July sides.

BLT Pasta Salad

3 cups spiral shaped pasta, uncooked
4 ounces cream cheese,cubed - half of an 8 oz package
1 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked, and crumbled
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes- halved
1 tsp Italia seasoning

Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package
Meanwhile, cook cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan in large skillet on medium heat 3 minutes or until cream cheese is melted and sauce is well blended, stirring frequently. Add all remaining ingredients except  pasta; cook and stir 5 minutes or until heated through.
Drain pasta and return to pan. Add Sauce and toss to coat.