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Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Avocado, and Basil Pasta

Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Avocado, and Basil Pasta recipe
Recipe and Photo by Blogger, Rebecca Lindamood of www.foodiewithfamily.com
If you like Cobb salad, you'll really like this flavorful pasta dish! It's made with blue cheese, avocados, basil and bacon—and ready in 35 minutes.
time
prep:
10 min
total:
35 min
servings
total:
6 servings

What You Need

1
lb.  uncooked small shaped pasta (fusilli, farfalle, penne, wagon wheels, etc…)
16
oz.  OSCAR MAYER Thick Cut Bacon, sliced into 1/2" strips
2
small  cooking onions, peeled, cut in half and sliced into half-moons
1
 very ripe avocado, peel and pit removed and discarded
1/2
cup  lightly packed basil leaves, snipped or very thinly sliced
1/2
cup  ATHENOS Crumbled Blue Cheese
2
cloves  garlic, peeled and minced, or 1 tsp. garlic paste
2
Tbsp.  red wine vinegar
1
tsp.  lemon juice
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Make It

ADD the bacon strips to a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Stir the bacon and cook until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Pour all but about 2 teaspoons of the bacon drippings out of the pan.

RETURN the pan to the burner over medium heat and add the onions to the pan with a pinch of salt. Stirring frequently, cook until the onions are crisp tender (about 5 minutes) and golden in color. Transfer the onions to a large mixing bowl.

POUR the lemon juice over the two halves of avocado. Coarsely chop the avocado and add to the bowl with the onions. Stir to combine. Add the red wine vinegar, garlic, and all but 2 tablespoons each of the crispy bacon, snipped basil and the bleu cheese and stir well again.

BRING a gallon of water to a full rolling boil in a large stockpot. Salt the water and pour in the pasta. Cook to al dente according to package directions.

DRAIN the pasta, reserving about a cup of the pasta water. Add the hot pasta to the avocado mixture. Stir in gently but thoroughly to distribute the sauce. If it is too thick, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to thin it. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and black pepper. Top the pasta with the reserved basil, bacon and bleu cheese and serve warm or room temperature.

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