I love to cook, but everyone has those days where they do not feel like cooking. Last night was one of those nights. I got home two hours later than I usually do (more to come on the why later) and was exhausted. I wanted something fast, easy, and nutritious enough that it wouldn’t blow my diet.
What I love about this recipe is that is combines some of my favorite flavors: Bacon, Dijon, and Basil. It’s as simple as it gets, just boil, mix, DONE. I literally had this on the table (okay that’s a lie because I ate it from the couch while watching Devious Maids) in less than 10 minutes. Who needs those store bought mixes with all there preservatives and artificial flavors.
This is a fairly new recipe and was inspired by one of my favorite summertime dishes: Macaroni Salad. Now I know what you are thinking – macaroni salad is not healthy. Well, yes you’re right… but this isn’t your usual heavy mayonnaise based salad. Okay – there is mayonnaise in it, but it’s not a complete mayonnaise overload mess.
Don’t fear mayonnaise, I find it has such a bad rap. People hate it irrationally. Mayonnaise was originally a French sauce and can add more flavor and texture to a meal then we tend to give it credit for. Just make sure you use a good kind. I love the kind made from olive oil.
Are you still there?
Good. Enough with the mayonnaise already. Let’s eat!
- 4oz ditalini pasta
- ½ cup frozen mixed veggies
- 3 slices of bacon
- ¼ cup good mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. whole grain Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. fresh chopped basil
- Pinch of salt (plus more to salt pasta water)
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- Fresh parmesan cheese (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a big pinch of salt and toss in pasta. Cook according to package directions. 2-3 minutes before the pasta is finished, toss your frozen veggies in with the pasta. Drain when the pasta is al-dente and veggies are warmed through.
- While the pasta is boiling, cook your three pieces of bacon. Blot off grease with paper towels and crumble into small pieces. Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together remaining ingredients for sauce (excluding parmesan cheese).
- Add the pasta, veggies, and bacon to the large bowl with your sauce. Toss together. Finish by sprinkling some fresh parmesan cheese on top.