It has been so hot here for the past two weeks. I don't think we have left the house unless we need to. With it being so hot, I don't like to heat the kitchen up, but this pasta is well worth it. We had it as a main dish with some bread, but it could be a great side dish. I added parmesan cheese the first night and some feta cheese the next day. Both were equally good. I served this at room temperature for dinner and cold for lunch. I preferred it cold and so did my family.
Tomato and Bacon Pasta Salad
1 box penne pasta, cooked and drained
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsps olive oil
12 ounces bacon, cooked
3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tbsps green onions, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, feta or the cheese of your choice
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Toss the cooked pasta with 1/2 cup milk; set aside. Put olive oil in a pan; add tomatoes and garlic. Toss until warmed through and remove from heat; season with salt and pepper. Crumble the bacon into bite-sized pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Add tomato mixture and bacon to pasta and toss. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and 3 tablespoons green onions. Add to pasta mixture and toss until evenly combined. Garnish with reserved bacon and green onion. This may be served room temperature or chilled.