Pasta Shells with Bacon, Cucumber, and Peas
Avocado dressing adds a creamy goodness that pairs perfectly with the crisp cukes, sweet peas, and smoky bacon in this gourmet-easy dish that’s guaranteed to please.
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- 8 oz. medium pasta shells
- 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 tbsp. ranch salad dressing
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced
- Microgreens (optional)
In large pot, cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions, adding peas during last 2 min. of cooking time; drain. Rinse under cold water until cool; drain well. In large nonstick skillet, cook bacon, flipping once, over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, about 8 min.; transfer to paper towels. When cool enough to handle, cut into 1" pieces.
In large bowl, mash avocado; whisk in ranch dressing, lime juice, tarragon, and salt. Add pasta and peas, cucumbers, and bacon; toss until evenly coated. If desired, just before serving, garnish with microgreens.
This recipe originally appeared in our print magazine.