Pasta Spinach Salad Recipe

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Pasta Spinach Salad Recipe

Postby ravish30 on Mon May 12, 2008 10:21 am

Pasta Spinach Salad

8 ounces pasta: bowtie, penne, or other favorite
1/2 pound bacon*
4 roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 pound fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil
115 ounce can white beans, drained
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool, drain again. While pasta is cooking, chop bacon and scramble fry until crisp. Drain excess fat, remove bacon and blot on paper towel. Use a paper towel to blot out excess fat in fry pan. Add chopped tomatoes and crushed garlic to bacon pan. Cook and stir until tomatoes are slightly soft about 2 minutes. Add drained beans and chopped spinach, stir. Continue to cook just until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Cool, but don't refrigerate. Combine chopped basil, cooked pasta, tomato mixture and crumbled bacon. Toss with cheeses. Salad is good served room temperature or cold. Do not leave salad at room temperature longer than 2 hours, refrigerate.
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