Spicy Bacon Pasta Salad
- 12 oz bow tie pasta
- 6 slices cooked bacon (cooked ham would be really good, too, if you’re out of bacon)
- 12 ounce bag or frozen vegetable gumbo mix (with okra, corn, onion celery, and red peppers)
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 package of chipotle dip mix (or another dry spicy dip mix)
- 1 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- water for boiling pasta and veggies
I “forgot” (or just started adding) a few things in the picture, so make sure you read the ingredients list! Anyone notice the box of Girl Scout Cookies that snuck in the background, name that flavor?!?
Here’s a close up of the dip mix I use! I love all of New Cannan Farms Mixes and Jellies!!! Check them out here…http://www.shopncf.com/ They are from Dripping Springs, Texas, where my dad became famous…kinda! Haha! Long story, and everyone loves a good Mikey and Jerry story, but here’s the short version: My dad and a friend ended up with their picture in the Rolling Stones Magazine. He will be glad to autograph your 1972 copy upon request.
On to the recipe…
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Cook bacon, if you’re like me you always seem to have some already cooked in your fridge. Ok maybe not everyone does that! Drain and cut onto small pieces. (or like me you might drop your cell phone into cooled bacon grease and now no one can hear you! True Story!)
3. In a small saucepan, combine frozen vegetables and can of tomatoes and 1 and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain excess water.
4. Mix together mayo, dip mix, garlic, worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar and salt.
5. In a large serving bowl combine pasta and dip mix combo, stir well. Add in bacon and vegetables, stir again. AND Stir a little more.
6. Stick in the fridge for a little while or over night. The longer the better those flavors will combine and the tastier your pasta salad will be! Serve cold or hot! I think I like it cold better, but, it certainly didn’t stop me from eating a healthy serving of it hot! Enjoy!