Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mrs Grail Bacon Tomato Pasta

This is a tasty pasta salad I served with hamburgers. I actually liked it better after it sat over night in the refrigerator.
Mrs Grail Bacon Tomato Pasta
BBQ Grail/ taste of home bb

12 ounces Whacky pasta or other pasta of your choice
12 ounces lean bacon
3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
13/4 cups frozen petite green peas, defrosted
3 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon apple vinegar
A pinch of sugar
4 tablespoons green onions, chopped

Cook pasta per package instructions and set aside.

In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Or bake the bacon on a rack in a 400 degree oven until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the pan.

Add tomatoes and garlic to the pan and cook just until warm. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drain tomatoes and garlic and discard bacon drippings.

Crumble the bacon into bite-size pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta. Add the peas and 2 tablespoons of cilantro.

Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, green onions and sugar together until well mixed. Pour mayonnaise mixture with pasta until evenly combined. Season again with salt and pepper if needed.

Allow to refrigerate for a few hours until cold. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon of cilantro.

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