ranch bacon pasta salad

Jun 10, 2010 by

pasta salad from the box is really good for hot summer months when you need something to go with dinner in a pinch.  i decided to kick it up a notch and make it from scratch.  it’s my first pasta salad (other than making mom’s pasta crab salad, which is something that i’ll have to add soon!) 1 12 oz. box whole wheat pasta 10 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped 1 c mayo 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 c milk 1 pkg. cherry tomatoes 1 c shredded cheddar cheese bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta until al dente.  drain and rinse with cool water. in a large bowl, mix mayo, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder and pepper.  stir in...

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chicken carbonara ala bran

Feb 11, 2010 by

bran came over and made dinner last night!  she found this dandy of a recipe from publix and it was delicious… not very nutritious, but our healthy sides made up for it.  i sautéed  broccoli with red pepper flakes, minced garlic and evoo and we also made a spinach salad with mandarin oranges, pecans and ken’s fat free raspberry pecan dressing.  we also threw in some garlic breadsticks.  now onto the main course… 1/4 c roasted red peppers 1/4 c sun dried tomatoes 6 slices smoked bacon 1 lb. boneless chicken tenders 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 c pre-sliced green onions, divided 8 oz. linguine pasta (bran went for a whole wheat and linguine florentine combination) 1 1/2 jars of alfredo sauce (bran used classico sun dried tomato alfredo) bring water to a boil for...

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