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Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad

Rae

"This pasta salad comes together easily and is great for summer get-togethers. My family requests this all the time. I like to play with different veggies to add in variety. So play around with your favorites."
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Ingredients

4 h 35 m servings 344 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spiral pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes; drain.
  2. Fry bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  3. Wilt spinach in the skillet with reserved bacon grease over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with 1/3 cup Italian-style dressing in a large bowl; stir bacon, spinach, and green onions into coated pasta.
  5. Stir creamy Italian-style dressing, tomatoes, and olives into pasta mixture. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 344 calories; 22.6 g fat; 26.2 g carbohydrates; 9.3 g protein; 14 mg cholesterol; 841 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had, but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY ...

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I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also, "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I w...

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Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had, but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY ...

This is such awesome salad, a change from regular salads, making again this weekend everyone wants more!!!

Add the bacon just before serving and grate some fresh parmesan on top before serving. I find Good Seasons packet dressing you make yourself the best.

I loved it but changed a few things the second time I made it. I tossed the warm pasta with a couple Tablespoons of Bacon grease, used arugula instead of spinach, omitted the creamy dressing and...

I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also, "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I w...

Good dish. I loved it. Works well with busy schedules like a house filled with kids and night school!

Recipe is good, but the bacon gets soggy. Think next time i will add this either right before serving or buy bacon bits. I also added more dressing and even a little ranch for a bit of creamines...

Great salad! Reading about several reviewers having soggy bacon, I used thick bacon. Problem solved. Really great flavor. The only changes I made were the bacon and I put 1 more tomato in it...

This recipe was a big hit. I loved it and so did everyone else. Lauren