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Cranberry, Bacon and Blue Cheese Pasta Salad

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Looking for a filling recipe for dinner? Then check out this fruity, nutty salad made using Suddenly Salad® ranch and bacon salad mix that’s tossed together in just 25 minutes!

Suddenly Salad Contest - August, 2009
Leah Lyon
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1
box (7.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad® ranch and bacon salad mix
6
slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3/4
cup cranberry-pomegranate juice
1/4
cup olive oil or vegetable oil
3
cups chopped romaine lettuce (6 leaves)
1
cup sweetened dried cranberries
1
cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1
medium stalk celery, sliced (1/2 cup)
1/3
cup thinly sliced red onion
4
oz Roquefort or other blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)

Steps

  • 1 Fill 3-quart saucepan 2/3 full of water; heat to boiling. Add Pasta. Gently boil, uncovered, 12 minutes, stirring occasionally; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • 3 In small bowl, combine Seasoning mix from packet, juice and oil. In large bowl, stir together cooked pasta and remaining ingredients except cheese.
  • 4 Just before serving, toss salad with dressing and sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

To toast pecans, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
51%
Saturated Fat
7g
36%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
830mg
35%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
4g
18%
Protein
14g
14%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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