Perfect EASY BLT Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad recipe is packed full of veggies, pasta and crispy bacon, the tossed in a creamy salad dressing. This pasta salad recipe is perfect to serve with your easy dinner ideas. This BLT pasta salad recipe is made with just five ingredients and is ready in 20 minutes. This easy salad recipe is the perfect side for your easy dinner ideas or when you need something for a potluck. The easy salad recipe is full of pasta, shredded romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bacon and ranch salad dressing. This pasta salad recipe can be made a few hours ahead of time as it only gets better with time. You can combine the cooked pasta and the tomatoes with the dressing, then cover and chill. Before you are about to serve this pasta salad recipe, you can add the bacon and lettuce so that they both stay crisp. This pasta salad recipe is especially delicious in the summer months when the tomatoes are ripe and in season. For the full pasta salad recipe, you'll want to take a look at the Dinner At The Zoo site.

Whenever you are making pasta for your easy dinner ideas, it is best to cook it in a large amount of well-salted boiling water until the pasta is al dente. But when it comes to making pasta salad recipes that will be served either cold or at room temperature, you may want to take a slightly different approach. For pasta that is destined for a picnic easy salad recipe, you can cook it in even more heavily salted water, or cook the pasta until it is beyond al dente. When cooking pasta for pasta salad recipes, you usually double the amount of salt that you normally put in the pasta water, and add in about four tablespoons of salt for every four quarts of water. This might sound excessive, but food will actually taste different when it is eaten cold than when it is eaten hot. The flavor of an easy dinner idea that was perfectly seasoned right off the stove will become muted. For this reason, you want to be extra sure that the pasta for a cool pasta salad recipe gets well-seasoned while it cooks.

When making pasta salad recipes you want to cook the pasta just beyond al dente so that the pasta will stay soft when it cools. You may have noticed that whenever you have leftover pasta, the pasta gets a little hard and chewy when it cools down. That is fine if you are going to be reheating the pasta in another easy dinner idea later on, but not if you are planning on eating the pasta cold. You don't need or want to cook the pasta to mush, though. Just at the point when you would normally take the pasta off the stove, you want to let it cook for just an extra minute. Then run the drained pasta underneath cool water to stop the cooking. Another tip for pasta salad recipes is to dress the pasta salad recipe while the pasta is still a little warm. The dressing for the pasta will coat the pasta much better. When using gluten-free pasta for pasta salad recipes, the same rules apply as when you use regular pasta. You want to cook the gluten free pasta just beyond al dente to ensure that the pasta doesn't harden after being refrigerated.

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