Pasta salads are a great side dish to anything grilled. They are usually easy to throw together and easy to carry along to cookouts, beaches, playdates, wherever! I always enjoy finding and trying new pasta salad recipes. I have some tried and true pasta salads I like to make but I am the type of person who always needs to be trying new recipes, so here you go, a new pasta salad recipe that turned out great! The original recipe cam from Better Homes and Garden.
Note: This recipe can be eaten hot right after it is put together OR cold right out of the fridge.
Avocado Basil Pasta
8 oz pasta of your choice (I used whole wheat rotini, the original recipe calls for bow tie or wagon wheel pasta)
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
1 large tomato, diced
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 T lemon juice
1 T olive oil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan Cheese (or pecorino romano)
2 medium avocados, coarsely chopped when ready to serve
Cook pasta according to pkg directions and drain.
Saute minced garlic in a small amount of olive oil for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl combine the bacon, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, salt. Add the cooked hot pasta and garlic, mix to combine. Stir in cheese.
Serve in a dish and top each individual serving with chopped avocado OR Chill until ready to serve and top with the avocado.
Recipe adopted and picture from Better Homes and Garden