BLT Pasta Salad- Bacon, Leaves (Basil) and Tomatoes

BLT Pasta – Bacon, Leaves (basil) and Tomatoes. I love pasta salad and I love BLTs. So what could be better on a hot summer day than this salad? Or serve it warm too!


What you need:

  • 1 cup small, dry pasta (I used ditalini)
  • 1/3 pound of bacon, cut into chunks
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half length-wise
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced very thin
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of mayo (or butter if you’re going warm)
  • Parmesan cheese (not the stuff in the can)

How to Do it:

Cook the pasta in salted water until it is tender but still al dente.  Drain

While the pasta is cooking, cook the bacon until it is crisp.  Drain off most of the fat and add the garlic.  Lightly sauté on med for about 2 minutes.


Add all the ingredients back into the pasta pan and mix.

Mix in the parmesan and put into a serving dish. Garnish with basil.


Serves 4

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11 Responses to BLT Pasta Salad- Bacon, Leaves (Basil) and Tomatoes

  1. Oh my goodness, your salad looks yummy, he grated parm caught my eye, I have a container in fridge and wondered what I would use it for, now you have given me this recipe. Thanks for sharing on Friday Feature, appreciate that you stopped by.
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    Thanks again, have a great day!

  2. Rhonda says:

    This looks amazing and I am always looking for quick and easy recipes! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Linky Party. I hope you will be back again this week Thanks RHONDA

  3. Helen, this looks so good. There’s nothing better than a good pasta salad, and my basil is just about big enough to start pinching a few leaves. :) Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday last week- pinned, and I am featuring it today on Google+! :) So pretty.

  4. Pretty cool! I’d likely be using a black bean based pasta, but no matter. I would enjoy eating this dish in any case.

    • HelenFern says:

      I’ve never heard of bean based pasta, but I’d love to try it! Regular gluten free pasta does not make for good cold salads. It turns rubbery. I need to finds some of that black bean pasta and try it. Thanks!

  5. Karren says:

    Helen your BLT salad has my mouth watering, we love bacon in anything, I use it in a broccoli salad we really enjoy, thank you so much for being a part of our Friday Features party last week, this week, your post is being featured, congratulations!! Plus I have Pinned to share!!
    Hope you will stop by and link up again this week!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. ‘Hopping over from the “What’s for Dinner” party. Mmmm… This sounds yummy! Our garden is about to explode tomatoes. This is will be a great way to use some. Thank you for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. Mother of 3 says:

    This sounds delicious! I have made BLT pasta salad before using bits of romaine lettuce but I love the idea of substituting basil and adding some cheese; YUM! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun Party. Pinned.

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