PESTO PASTA SALAD RECIPE WITH BACON, MOZZARELLA, AND TOMATOES – Summer Picnic -Fifteen Spatulas
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Here is the video on how to make Pesto from scratch: https://youtu.be/gbWSa25O6m0
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Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe:
5 strips thick-cut bacon
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
1/2 lb fresh mozzarella
1 lb bowtie pasta (or your favorite, like shells, penne, etc)
1 cup fresh basil pesto
Place the bacon in a skillet and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, flipping every couple of minutes, until crispy and browned. Drain on a paper towel and blot any excess oil. Chop into bite sized pieces and set aside.
Cut the cherry tomatoes into bite sized pieces, either in half or into quarters. Cut the fresh mozzarella into bite sized cubes. Set aside.
Boil the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, about 10 minutes, then drain well. Return the pasta to the pot and stir in the basil pesto until the pasta is evenly coated. Finally, stir in the bacon bits, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella, and stir to coat. Serve and enjoy!
You can eat the pasta salad at room temperature, cold, or slightly warmed in the microwave. It tastes great all ways!
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