BLT Macaroni Salad

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Cook Time: 25 mins

A fresh take on macaroni salad with crispy bacon - it's the perfect addition to your next picnic!


2 cupsSan Giorgio® Elbow Macaroni
8 ozbacon slices, cut in 1” pieces
2garlic cloves, minced
1lemon zest
2/3 cupcrème fraiche
2 cupscherry tomatoes, halved
4 cupsbaby arugula, chopped
2 Tbspsfresh chives, chopped
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat until almost crisp. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  3. Stir garlic and lemon zest into pan with bacon and let cook 2 to 3 minutes. Turn to medium-low heat and add sour cream into mixture.
  4. Add pasta and tomatoes; stir until pasta is warmed through and tomatoes are slightly softened, about 1 minute. Mix in arugula, stirring until wilted, about 30 seconds, and turn off heat.
  5. Add chopped chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.