last night's dinner: Bacon and onion pasta salad

This has become a family favourite after trying it just one time:

Bacon and Onion Pasta Salad:

12 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (bacon grease reserved)
6 cups of your favourite pasta, cooked, drained and cooled.
2cups shredded zucchini or sliced cucumber
2cups mayo
3tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 large red onion (small dice)
2tbsp minced garlic
4tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups crema or sour cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan (green can is fine but fresh is better)
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
2 tbsp sriracha sauce
1 can jalapeno spam (diced small)


In a large bowl, combine the bacon, zucchini or cucumber, mustard, mayo, onion, garlic, vinegar, sugar, pepper, crema/sour cream, parmesan, relish, sriracha and spam, mix thoroughly.  Toss in the cooled pasta, mix the dressing and other ingredients thru the pasta, till thoroughly combined.  Serve room temp or for more flavour, cover the bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

This is a great pasta salad, with a pleasant little kick.


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