100g smoked bacon lardons

200g farfalle (pasta bows)

3 spring onions, roughly chopped

100g grated mature cheddar

4 dessert spoons of mayonnaise


Bacon & Spring Onion Pasta Salad

preparation 6 mins • you cook for 6 mins •

Serves 2

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The epitome of moreish, this cold pasta salad is all about two big flavours - crispy smoked bacon and fresh, tangy spring onion. Everything is bound together with creamy mayo and mature cheddar cheese to create a delicious dish that's far more than a side salad. This is a two part recipe. In part one we cook the pasta and bacon. In part two we mix everything together and serve.

Large pan of salted boiling water for the pasta

Frying pan/wok for the bacon

Colander to drain and rinse the pasta

Large mixing bowl

Spoons to stir


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Boil a large pan of salted water on the hob. Put a frying pan/wok on a medium heat. Add the pasta to the water and stir whilst it comes back to the boil.

Add about a teaspoon of oil to your frying pan and add the bacon lardons to it. Cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until the lardons are nice and crispy. Leave the bacon in the pan and turn the heat off until the pasta is cooked. Next, drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water a few times until cold.

Spoon the mayonnaise into your mixing bowl and add in the crispy bacon. Stir well to mix together then it's just a case of adding the other ingredients one at a time... Add the cold pasta and stir. Next, add in the spring onion and stir. Then add the cheese. Finally, add a good pinch of pepper and stir.

To serve, simply divide the pasta between two bowls.

I hope that you enjoy it.


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