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Basil Bacon Pasta Salad

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Oh, friends. Bacon. Avocado. Basil. Cherub tomatoes. I mean, how could that be wrong?

That’s simple. It can’t be.

Before I get into the recipe for this, we must discuss two very important things:

1. There is NEVER  substitute for fresh basil. If you want your dish to taste awesome, always use fresh basil. Basil is super easy to grow; I have a blacker than black thumb and have still managed to grow a pot of basil on my kitchen windowsill.

2. Please, for the love of all that is bacon…use real bacon. I had been torturing myself with turkey bacon these past few years until someone (I shall love her forever) informed me that turkey bacon was actually worse for you because of the salt. And the angels sang, I tell ya! They sang!

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and changed it a bit (shocker, I know). It was originally from


8 oz bow tie pasta
2 medium chopped avocados
8 slices of bacon, crisp cooked and chopped
1 cup cherub tomatoes, halved
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cup parmesean cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except the cheese. Add the pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and serve!

How easy is that?!?! It took 20 minutes to put together, and the kids went crazy for it. Jackson gave it 7 stars. He’s never given anything I’ve made over 5 stars. Mostly Little Mr. Picky gives me 3’s.

Give it a whirl! What’s not to love?