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BLT Bucatini Pasta Salad

BLT Bucatini pasta salad is a nice change in your summer pasta salad rotation! Filled with bacon, lettuce (or spinach, in this case), tomato, and a quick and easy sundried tomato sauce, its full of flavor and feeds a crowd!


BLT Bucatini Pasta Salad

Can you tell I’m on a major pasta salad kick lately? No? I’ve posted my dilly tuna pasta salad, zesty Italian pasta salad, grilled vegetable pasta salad, and my Italian sausage pasta salad with marinated mushrooms and olives. I’m just so into summer, and barbecues, and potlucks, and all of the fun summer holidays that we get together and celebrate each other!

BLT Bucatini

BLT Bucatini

This blt bucatini is straying away from a traditional blt in quite a few ways, but one of the biggest is that I used baby spinach instead of lettuce. I’d love to try this with some peppery arugula, but that wasn’t in my fridge this day and my chickens got ahold of all four of my lettuce plants in the garden, so I digress.

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BLT Bucatini

It also has a healthy heaping of Parmigiano Reggiano, and a super flavorful sun dried tomato sauce. You can customize this as much, or as little, as you want. If you are an onion fan, some chopped red onions would be amazing in this dish.

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This is a unique, filling, and flavorful addition to your next potluck. Try it out, and let me know what you (and your guests) think!

BLT Bucatini

Yield: 6 people

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Bucatini

Delicious bucatini pasta is cooked al dente and combined with copious amounts of fresh vegeables, bacon, tomatoes, and a bacon dressing that's incredible.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound bucatini
  • 2-3 handfuls baby spinach
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes, one regular-sized container
  • 1/2 pound bacon, fried, chopped, and grease reserved
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sun dried tomato & basil spread
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Cook the bucatini according to package direction. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Chop the tomatoes in half, and toss the pasta with the spinach, tomatoes, and bacon.
  3. Combine the mayo, sun dried tomatoes, garlic salt, and bacon grease. Mix well until combined. Toss the sauce over the pasta salad until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Chill for an hour, minimum, and give a liberal sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Kim Flanagan

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

What is sun dried tomato and basil spread? Is it a pesto ? Is it a cheese spread? I’m not familiar with it. Thanks, Kim

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Hey Kim! It can be purchased here:

It is basically a blended up version of sundried tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil with some seasonings. So delicious! You could totally make it yourself just subbing in those ingredients plus some salt and pulsing in a food processor.

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Monday 14th of August 2017

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Tuesday 7th of July 2015

What a yummy twist on pasta salad, plus bacon nomnom!!

Kimberly Ann

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Oh YUM! What a perfect summer recipe; and that bacon looks incredible!

Nicole Johnson

Monday 6th of July 2015

Thanks, Kimmie! <3

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