If you read my blog frequently, then you know that we are big Doctor Who fans. Pretty regularly, we've had a fellow Whovian join us for dinner and Sci-Fi on Saturday nights. The first time we did this, I wanted very much to make something that was somehow related to Doctor Who. What I found was this delightful recipe
for a bow tie pasta salad. Yes! I know! Bow ties for watching the Doctor, it really did seem brilliant. And the salad was really good, to boot. I made it once with bacon as the meat, and once with chicken. While I generally prefer chicken in things, I think the bacon pulled the flavors together better.
8 oz. dry bow tie pasta
1 medium avocado
6 slices bacon
2/3 Cup fresh basil
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs olive oil
Garlic (minced cloves or some sort of garlic powder, you pick)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 Cup finely shredded Italian* cheese
*The original recipe calls for Pecorino Romano cheese, but I couldn't find any. I've concluded that any strong, hard Italian cheese should do nicely. Or you can do without. We forgot the cheese a couple times, and the salad was perfectly tasty without.
- Cook bacon until crispy. Allow to drain on a paper towel.
- Cook bow ties according to package instructions
- Remove pit from avocados and coarsely chop the yummy green stuff
- Rip or chop fresh basil leaves
- Crumble bacon
- Combine prepared ingredients, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and pepper. Top with cheese if desired.
- Serve immediately or chill until you're ready.