Peas and Pasta Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Total: 23 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 8 min


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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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