Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Rae's Italian BS Pasta Salad Recipe
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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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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins


  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.


9 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.

Feb 12, 2015

Good dish. I loved it. Works well with busy schedules like a house filled with kids and night school!

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.


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  • 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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