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5-Ingredient BLT Pasta Salad



Serves 24

Hands-on time: 15 minutes

Hands-off time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 packet (500g) Fatti’s & Moni’s Fusilli Pasta Screws

1 packet (200g) streaky bacon

1 head Romaine lettuce, or lettuce of choice

1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes

1½ cups tangy mayonnaise

½ tsp each salt and pepper, to season (optional)

Serving suggestion: Fresh chives, chopped

METHOD

1. Prepare the Fatti's & Moni's Fusilli Pasta Screws by adding it to a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook, uncovered, for 7-8 minutes or until al denté. Strain the pasta and empty it onto a baking tray to cool for about 15 minutes ensuring the pasta does not stick together. *Chef’s Tip: You can also use leftover pasta!


2. While the pasta cooks, add the bacon to a large non-stick pan over medium heat and allow to cook until crispy, about 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain the bacon on a paper towel and allow it to cool. *Chef’s Tip: Replace the bacon with chicken or mushrooms, if preferred!


3. On a clean chopping board, slice the lettuce into thin strips, halve the cherry tomatoes, and cut the crispy bacon into 3cm squares. *Chef’s Tip: Use any lettuce and tomatoes of your choice!


4. Add the cooled pasta to a large mixing bowl. To this, add the crispy bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise. Stir until mixed and well-coated.


5. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. If made in advance, cover the bowl and refrigerate until needed. *Chef’s Tip: The pasta salad will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3 hours!


6. Transfer the pasta salad to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh chives and ENJOY immediately!

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