Peas and Pasta Salad

Total Time:
23 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
8 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) jar salad dressing (recommended: Miracle Whip)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Directions

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as directed on box for al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and place the cooked pasta in a large bowl filled with ice water to stop the pasta from over cooking. Stir until the pasta is cool, then drain in a colander shaking to release as much water as possible.

To make the dressing: In a large bowl mix the red onion, salad dressing, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Taste and then season with a pinch of salt and grind or two of pepper. Add the pasta and completely coat with the dressing. Add in the peas, cheese, and bacon. Cook's Note: If making ahead, cover and refrigerate the salad until ready to serve, then add the bacon right before serving.


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