BLT Ranch Pasta Salad

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Try this BLT Ranch Pasta Salad recipe, and discover why this combination of ingredients is always a welcome choice at the table. This BLT Ranch Pasta Salad recipe can be used for lunch or dinner, and everyone will enjoy it thoroughly. This is a great blend of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, although the emphasis on the fats in this pasta salad recipe should be noted. You could simply eliminate the mayonnaise to decrease the fats, but consider also decreasing the bacon. You will still get fabulous flavor and cutting these fats is a good idea, even when there are no waistlines to consider in to the equation. Some fats, especially animal fats, are better avoided most of the time or minimized for their impact. And it does not take much bacon at all for its big flavor to come out in almost every dish where it is added.

The site, Pumpkin ‘n Spice, where the pasta salad recipe can be found recommends that you prepare the topping or dressing for this pasta salad recipe the night before. This is a good practice, for many different things that will benefit from sitting and allowing the flavors to mingle before adding it to something else. In this pasta salad recipe, this step just allows the flavors of the dressing to come together better and for the liquids to fully absorb the solid parts of the dressing before you blend in the rest of the ingredients.

This is a very filling pasta salad recipe. Be sure to not over cook the pasta, especially if you use a white flour based type. Cook pasta only until it is just el dente, that is, just barely soft. You can know the pasta is at the el dente stage when you break open a piece of it, and the pasta has only just absorbed the water to the middle of the piece that you break open. If the pasta is quite saturated, it is over cooked; if it looks dry and bites hard, then it needs more time to cook. Over cooking causes the pasta to be broken down very quickly by our digestive tract and for the pasta to act in a way similar to ordinary sugar in our digestion; that is, the pasta causes a sugar rush through out system as the sugars are taken up too quickly in to our blood stream. So do not over cook the pasta.This pasta salad recipe can be served with the bacon still slightly warm from being cooked. It will allow a blend of temperatures throughout the salad that is an interesting contrast when you eat. So enjoy this salad when you make it for dinner.

Nutrition Facts for: BLT Ranch Pasta Salad from Pumpkin 'n Spice
Ingredients: Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, dry Ranch dressing mix, pasta, cherry tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 218, Calories from Fat 68, Total Fat 7.5g 12%, Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%, Cholesterol 43mg 14%, Sodium 352mg 15%, Potassium 160mg 5%, Carbohydrates 29.0g 10%, Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%, Sugars 1.7g, Protein 8.1g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 3%, Iron 11%

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