Italian BLT Pasta Salad

Italian BLT Pasta Salad... a refreshing dish for the summer.


Italian BLT Pasta Salad

Ingredients

For 8 Person(s)

For the Salad:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces pancetta, cubed
  • 1 heart of romain lettuce, washed, trimmed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 pound mezze penne pasta

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of black pepper
 
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Directions

  1. To make the salad:
    1. Put a medium sauté pan over a medium-high flame and heat the olive oil. Add the pancetta and sauté until crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon making sure to drain off the excess oil.
    2. Drop the pasta into a pot of generously salted boiling water. Cook till about 1 minute under al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
    3. In a large bowl toss together the cooked pasta, pancetta, romaine and tomatoes until well combined.
  2. To make the dressing:
    1. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, heavy cream, salt, sugar and black pepper until smooth.
    2. Pour over the salad and serve.
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