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Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad

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!)

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) (Try cooking bacon in the oven.) [3]
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets ($.79)
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes ($.19)
  • About 1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing [4] (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. [4] Toss. Toss. Toss.
  • Serve BBT Pasta Salad with fresh fruit.

Cost $2.88