Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 4+ hrs

Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad

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"This pasta salad comes together easily and is great for summer get-togethers. My family requests this all the time. I like to play with different veggies to add in variety. So play around with your favorites."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins
  • READY IN

    4 hrs 35 mins

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spiral pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes; drain.
  2. Fry bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  3. Wilt spinach in the skillet with reserved bacon grease over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with 1/3 cup Italian-style dressing in a large bowl; stir bacon, spinach, and green onions into coated pasta.
  5. Stir creamy Italian-style dressing, tomatoes, and olives into pasta mixture. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 23, 2012

Wow. Ten stars. I had some bacon and baby spinach to use up and found this recipe. I had to make a change due to what I had, but am rating anyway because I think the result would have been VERY similar. I didn't have creamy Italian dressing, but only had regular. Assuming (and I apologize if I'm wrong) that creamy Italian dressing has a "mayo-like" base, I used the bottle of regular Italian dressing in place of the creamy, and then used 1/3 cup mayo in place of the regular Italian which I'm thinking "evened" everything out. Everything else I followed EXACT. SOOOOO GOOD!!! Where has this recipe been all my life?! I can't wait to try this out on everyone this summer at family and neighborhood BBQs!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 05, 2012

I agree with the other reviewer that the bacon was soggy--I would substitute ham or salami for the added smoky flavor. Also, "wilting" that amount of spinach inevitably leads to clumping. I would simply toss in uncooked baby spinach leaves. I didn't love this and probably won't make it again, but that having been said, I made it for a potluck and came back with an almost-empty bowl.

 

8 Ratings

Aug 08, 2012

This is such awesome salad, a change from regular salads, making again this weekend everyone wants more!!!

 
Oct 02, 2013

Add the bacon just before serving and grate some fresh parmesan on top before serving. I find Good Seasons packet dressing you make yourself the best.

 
Oct 03, 2013

I loved it but changed a few things the second time I made it. I tossed the warm pasta with a couple Tablespoons of Bacon grease, used arugula instead of spinach, omitted the creamy dressing and added some fresh cilantro. Big hit both times.

 
Jul 01, 2012

Recipe is good, but the bacon gets soggy. Think next time i will add this either right before serving or buy bacon bits. I also added more dressing and even a little ranch for a bit of creaminess.

 
Aug 29, 2014

Great salad! Reading about several reviewers having soggy bacon, I used thick bacon. Problem solved. Really great flavor. The only changes I made were the bacon and I put 1 more tomato in it. It just looked like it needed it. I also had to add a little more salad dressing in it. When I put it in the refrigerator to chill, it jelled up. And it seemed dry when I stirred it up. Putting a little more dressing loosened it up.

 
Feb 24, 2013

This recipe was a big hit. I loved it and so did everyone else. Lauren

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 344 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 22.6 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 9.3 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 841 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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