Creamy Pasta Salad

You had me at bacon.

Creamy Pasta Salad
Creamy Pasta Salad

I love a simple pasta salad, and this is one is perfect for when you need an easy potluck dish.


12 oz small pasta noodles
2 cup frozen peas (thawed)
12 oz thick cut bacon (cooked and chopped)
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS apple cider vinegar (I used way less)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper


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.


When I recipe calls for chopped bacon, I like to chop mine before cooking. It cooks much faster and is ready to add.

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