I remember one summer while we had gone to hang out with a few of my friends in Italy, I came across this dish in some suburb restaurant. Out of curiosity, I convinced my friends that we could try this new name on the menu. After a few bites, my stomach walls were in a frenzy. The taste of a lifetime, it was just out of this world.
Being a Hospitality student by then, I was always on the lookout for any new food recipes so that while back in my hostel, we could it out. This dish made it to my top list of dishes I wanted to try. My kitchen campaign turned out to be successful and since then, I have been trying it a lot of times.
Everyone needs a classic pasta salad recipe in their collection. With a light, creamy homemade salad dressingand packed with crunchy veggies (if you choose to use it), you will absolutely love the fresh flavors and textures in this one.
Whether you pair it as a simple side for a family dinner or take it to share at a BBQ or Christmas celebration, this pasta salad is always going to smash occasions!
Why you are going to love this pasta salad recipe
Quick and Easy – made withbasic pantry staples, this dish is a last-minute throw-together salad that can be made from ingredients you’ll find in your pantry and fridge.
The BEST Homemade Salad Dressing that holds onto the pasta perfectly. Made with a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream, it is creamy but still light.
Perfect for Entertaining and Feeding a Hungry Crowd – bring it along to your next barbeque or picnic and watch it disappear!
Better than Store-Bought – it might be easier to buy pasta salad from the shops, but making this version with fresh ingredients and an easy homemade dressing tastes so much better!
Vegetarian – a great option when catering for vegetarian families and friends.
What you need for the Pasta recipe
Samples of a few ingredients from your fridge and pantry are all you need to make this creamy pasta salad! Mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper are some of the common ingredients used in the preparation process.
If you are looking to try out an Italian dish for your hunger in minutes, and you feel you have run out of options, then you got the right food in mind here! Below, you’ll find the easiest directions on how to prepare this dish in minutes, and trust me, it’s gonna go down like for real.
This creamy pasta salad is loaded with peas, crispy bacon, and noodles, all covered in a smooth and creamy dressing. It's a perfect side dish for any dinner, potluck, or barbecue.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Keyword: creamy pasta salad, pasta salad, salad
Author: daisol plate
12 ozsmall pasta noodles
2cupfrozen peas (thawed)
12 ozthick cut bacon (cooked and chopped)
½cupfreshly grated parmesan cheese
For the Creamy Dressing:
1tbsp.apple cider vinegar
1tbsp.granulated sugar (to taste)
¼tbsp.black pepper (to taste)
Cook the pasta noodles in a large pot of water according to their package directions, until cooked al dente. Drain the water out, and rinse the noodles in cold water.
While the pasta is cooking, make sure the peas are thawed, bacon is cooked and crumbled, and parmesan is grated. Set aside.
In a small bowl, add the mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Whisk them together till combined.
Add the pasta, peas, bacon, and parmesan to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top. Stir it all together till everything is coated evenly in the dressing.
Cover the pasta bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for 1 to 2 hours, or serve immediately.
Tips for making this Creamy Bacon Pasta Salad:
This pasta salad is a great make ahead recipe. Add everything together, except for the bacon and half the dressing, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve the dish, toss in the crumbled bacon pieces, and the remaining dressing and serve.
I like to use medium sized pasta for this salad, I love medium shells, rotini, and farfalle the most.
Don’t overcook your pasta noodles. You want it cooked al dente so it’s not too soggy, especially as it sits in the dressing.
Add in any additional veggies or mix-ins that you think would be delicious, chopped up carrots, bell pepper, corn. Even making it more hearty with some grilled chicken pieces, or cubed ham would be delicious too. Also some cubed cheddar cheese would be yummy.
How do I avoid overcooking pasta?
Overcooked pasta will make the salad too soft and mushy. Follow the packet directions as a guide, but the best way to test that pasta is done is to taste it! Start to test it 1-2 minutes before the end cooking time on the packet. Once pasta is al dente, immediately drain and run under a cold tap to stop the cooking process and remove the starch from the pasta.
The perfect creamy pasta salad has always won hearts as a to-go-for dish. You wouldn’t mind if I recommend this as one of the best there is. Made in the heavens, you surely can’t miss to try this out and of course I’ll be glad to hear from you. Feel free to share your experience and any ideas!