Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 12, 2010

Pictured above: the mixins.

This is a quick and easy pasta salad. And quite refreshing too.

(Too bad, it’s cool and wet outside today!)

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Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 2 cups elbows or penne pasta noodles ($.50) Almost out of my $.50 boxes of pasta!
  • 6 strips of bacon or turkey bacon ($.50) Bought this past week for $1.5o/package.
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets ($.79)
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes ($.19)
  • About 1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing (or your favorite store bought!) ($.40)
  • Fresh fruit ($.50) We had apple slices.


  • Cook the pasta as directed on the box. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  • Cook the bacon in a skillet or in the microwave on paper towels. Let cool, then crumble.
  • Steam the broccoli florets for just 2 or 3 minutes, in a stovetop steamer or in the microwaveable bowl with 1/2 cup of water, covered with plastic wrap.
  • Place the cooked and cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl and toss with the crumbled bacon, broccoli florets, diced tomatoes and homemade ranch dressing. Toss. Toss. Toss.
  • Serve BBT Pasta Salad with fresh fruit.

Cost $2.88

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

April May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Bacon… how can you go wrong with bacon? YUM!


Jill May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

This looks great! I have been inspired to do the same for my family of 6. I made dinner tonight for $3.62.


Leonard May 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Was that the whole dinner. It sounds good but I think it would leave me wanting?


Jenelle May 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

Yummy! That looks like just the ticket for dinner tonight! I love that I can always get great ideas from you to get my family out of a rutt. Thanks Erin!


FoodontheTable May 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

This looks great. You could sub whole wheat penne and you’d have perfect blend of vegetable, protein, grain, and fat!


Toni May 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Sounds great! Are the tomatoes drained or undrained?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm


Sorry! Drained!


Grammie May 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Way to go Toni that was my question too. Goodness doesn’t this salad look WONDERFUL!
I am hoping to make this one tonight. Just have to stop and pick up some broccoli. So….. do we drain those tomatoes or not?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm


Yes…drain well!


Jennifer @Chronicles of a Night Owl July 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Yummy! I just made a HUGE bowl of this for our 4th get-together tomorrow. I skipped the steaming the broccoli step – I prefer it completely raw. I added some additional fresh tomatoes and shredded cheese. I’ve already taste tested it and it’s YUMMO!


Elysia April 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Very good! Thank you for sharing!


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