Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Summery Tomato and Bacon Pasta Salad

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Skip the sandwich and serve bacon, arugula and tomato with pasta.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Put the bacon in a large, cold skillet then cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, shallot, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool; add to the bowl with the dressing.
  5. Add the arugula, basil and tomatoes to the bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and top with the bacon. The pasta salad is best if served right away.
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