BLT Pasta Salad

Serves 10
None Specified

16 oz. applewood smoked bacon

16 oz. penne pasta

3 tsp. kosher salt, divided

10 oz. grape tomatoes

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 ½ cups Ranch dressing

10 oz. hearts of romaine (about 5 cups)

5 oz. Kowalski's Artisan Croutons


In a large skillet over low heat, cook bacon until crisp; drain. Break each slice of bacon into 4 pieces. Cook pasta according to pkg. directions using 2 tsp. salt; drain. Cool to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, cheese, 1 tsp. salt and dressing; refrigerate to blend flavors. Just before serving, carefully fold in bacon, romaine and croutons.

Note: If the salad is made ahead and refrigerated, the pasta will absorb the dressing. Keep additional dressing on hand to moisten the salad before serving.