Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Pasta Salad

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Before the weekend comes, I wanted to share a quick and easy dinner... I made it last night, and it was so yummy! I find cooking to be a little difficult in the summer... I live in a 2nd story apartment with no A/C, and I'm 5 months pregnant, so my goal every day is to heat up the house as little as possible, so I keep cooking and baking to an absolute minimum (hence the lack in posting).
*On a little side note... blogging is hard during the summer! Since Oregon doesn't get sunshine for very long, I have been spending every waking moment outside with my girls. We have done tons and tons of playing (and I hope you have too!) and just enjoying the great outdoors, which doesn't leave much time to craft, bake, cook, etc... and to be extremely honest with you, I have no desire to do any of those right now! I just want to spend every day playing in the fountains, or going on picnics, or going to the pool!*
Ok, back to the post... this pasta salad was delicious and was ready in under 30 minutes. Take that Rachel Ray! Ha ha, just kidding. But in all seriousness, I was highly impressed with this salad. My favorite part was eating those delicious avocados! My, my, my, my they were delicious!

All you need is:
Bow tie pasta, cooked and cooled
Bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used a whole package)
Avocado
Zucchini, cooked until crispy tender
Grated Romano cheese
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Basil
Garlic powder


Now, notice I didn't specify how much of each you needed... that's totally up to you and your taste buds! If you like zucchini, add in a little more! Heck, you could even add in some squash too! If you loooooove bacon, add as much as you want! And I love lemon juice, so I added quite a bit more than the average person might. :)

So go ahead, start cooking the pasta and the bacon at the same time. While they are cooking, cut up the zucchini and get it cooking. Once the pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water. Cut up the avocado and add it to the pasta. Add the zucchini when it's done cooking, and when the bacon is cooked and cooled, crumble it up and add it into the mix. Then add as much lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and basil as you want! Mmmmmm..... Top it off with some Romano cheese and toss that salad up! Yum!

Happy Summer Cooking!
Claudia

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