BLT Pasta Salad
1 lb pasta of choice - I try to use interesting varities here
1 lb. bacon - cooked crisp and chopped, rendered fat reserved
1 onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes - halved
2 cups mayonnaise
6-8 oz. chopped Romaine
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
croutons - if desired for garnish
In a large bowl place 2 cups mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Cook pasta according to manufacturers directions in a pot of salted water. Drain and place into bowl with mayonnaise, stirring to combine well - set aside.
In a fry pan over medium heat, add all of the rendered bacon grease, onions and garlic cooking for five minutes. Pour over pasta and set aside, allowing to cool completely.
Add chopped bacon, tomatoes, Romaine and Parmesan, stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature with croutons on top if desired.