Creamy Tortellini, Bacon Pasta Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing
The perfect side dish for your next BBQ, potluck or Sunday dinner this salad pairs smoky bacon with the blend of four cheeses in Louisa Tortellini and complements it with a light lemon parmesan dressing. It is summertime in a bowl!
1 Louisa Tricolor Cheese or Four Cheese Tortellini
⅔ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup olive oil
1 lemon for 2 tbsp. lemon juice and ½ tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. white vinegar
¼ cup Parmesan, grated
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried chives
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 oz. bacon, thick-cut, cooked, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
Heat large covered saucepan of unsalted water to boiling over high heat. Add Louisa Tricolor Cheese or Four Cheese Tortellini; stir gently. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Drain tortellini and cool completely.
In a medium bowl, whisk together wet and dry ingredients for the dressing.
Place in the refrigerator and chill for 30 min.
Combine cooled tortellini with bacon and peas. Toss with dressing until evenly coated.