Who doesn't love a good pasta salad? They are usually pretty easy to make and not to mention filling. And let's face it, they are great to take to potlucks or baby showers because the ladies love this stuff. I have got a fantastic new pasta salad to share with you today. It is so good. I mean, obviously it's good or I wouldn't share on here. But it is crazy good. Borderline addictive good. It is AMAZING good.
I really enjoy creamy pasta salads. They are my favorite. Probably because of the mayonnaise. I heart mayonnaise. Oh and bacon. I definitely heart bacon. It makes everything better. This pasta salad has a slightly sweet, slightly tangy thing going on that really adds to the overall flavor. You can change up the add-ins however you like. Use a different pasta or maybe you want to use green peppers or grapes or some toasted nuts. All that can be tailored to your tastes. But the creamy sauce really makes this salad something special.
1 (16-oz.) package rotini pasta
1 pound fresh broccoli, chopped (stems removed)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Sugar, salt & pepper not pictured. Have you ever noticed I forget ingredients in pictures on any of my posts that are about bacon? I seemed to be distracted by the bacon. Mmmm....bacon.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Chop broccoli, onion and bacon.
Note: A quick word about how this broccoli should be chopped up. It's helpful if you aren't real familiar with chopping up fresh broccoli. We just want the top part of the broccoli here, the florets. So you need to chop off the thick stem. Maybe put those in your veggie stock or compost bin.
And then chop up the florets so that they are in smaller bite-size pieces.
I chopped up the bacon while I was doing my other chopping and then put it in a little baggie. I add the bacon in right before serving so that it will stay kinda crispy when ready to eatIn a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
Then put it in a large bowl. Pour in mayonnaise mixture, chopped broccoli and diced onion (don’t add the bacon in yet, you want to add that in right before serving so it stays crunchy). Stir well.
Cook’s Notes: Some additional add-ins that would be delicious in this are some halved red grapes (1 1/2 cups) and chopped pecans (1 cup).