Here's the favorite diner sandwich, reinvented as pasta salad. Homemade ranch dressing coats tender fusilli or farfalle mixed with crunchy romaine lettuce, juicy tomato, and salty bits of bacon. It’s perfect on a hot summer evening! The recipe, which makes 8 cups, is a Yummly original created by Sara Mellas.
- 1 3/4 tsp. salt (divided, plus more to taste)
- 2 1/4 cups fusilli pasta (4 oz.; or farfalle)
- 6 oz. bacon (6-8 strips)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 green onion (small, chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
- 1 tsp. dried dill weed
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 1/8 tsp. onion powder (or use a little more garlic powder)
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 12 oz. cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes, cut in half)
- 4 cups romaine lettuce (torn into bite-size pieces)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil with 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook pasta according to package directions until just tender (10-12 minutes). Drain pasta in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Set aside.
- While pasta cooks, arrange bacon in a large frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and let cool; then roughly crumble bacon and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, green onion, parsley, dill, garlic powder, pepper, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, and the onion powder. Stream in buttermilk and whisk until dressing is smooth.
- Add drained pasta to a large bowl along with bacon, tomatoes, and three-quarters of the dressing. Toss salad until components are thoroughly coated. Taste and add additional dressing, salt, and pepper to taste if you like.
- Salad can be served immediately, but for best flavor, wait to add lettuce, cover bowl, and chill pasta salad 2-4 hours. Just before serving, toss lettuce with the pasta salad and additional dressing if desired.
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|Calories250Calories from Fat130|
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|Calories from Fat130|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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