I found this recipe in the latest Food Network Magazine (page 88) but apparently they don't link their magazine recipes to their webpage (yet?)
Here's the recipe with any little 'tweaks' I did along the way....
BLT Pasta Salad
from Food Network Magazine
12 oz corkscrew pasta
1/2 cup milk
12 oz lean bacon
3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks (I used a large package of heirloom cherry tomatoes I got from Trader Joe's)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream
4 Tbsp. chopped chives or green onions
1 bag prewashed romaine lettuce
1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as the label directs. Drain and toss with the milk in a large bowl. (this keeps it from getting 'gummy') Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 3 Tbsp of the drippings from the pan. Add the tomatoes, thyme, garlic to the pan and toss until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper. Crumble the bacon into bite-sized pieces, set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta.
3. Mix the mayonaisse, sour cream and 3 Tbsp. chives with the pasta until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce, toss again to coat. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining chives. Serve at room temperature.
This is also great cold! I did not mind eating this for lunch for a few days running!
SPEAKING OF BACON.....
Have you seen this? I saw this a few weeks ago on the This is why you are fat web site. I thought it was a joke. Then I saw the inventors on Oprah and how they've taken their favorite food bacon to a WHOLE 'nother level. Oh yes. They made Oprah and her guests some BLT's that were just lettuce and tomato with baconnaise on the bread. They raved. Immediately I went online. Got me some too!
So if you want to make a POOR man's BLT Pasta Salad:
1/2 cup baconnaise
1 pkg cooked pasta
Mix and ENJOY and guess what? This product is totally vegan and kosher too! Well blow me down and call me shorty!
Be on the look out for future recipes using the products I got but....NO recipe will be using this:
Yes, you are reading this right. No joke. Bacon Lip Balm.
Put it on right before bed ladies! lololololololllolol