Cheddar, Bacon & Pea Pasta Salad

The best part about this

pasta salad isn’t the crispy bacon (or the simple, creamy dressing), but how strikingly simple it is. Cooking your bacon in the oven frees up your hands to mix the dressing together while the pasta and peas boil in the same pot. While you could use any kind of noodle for this pasta salad, we love that the peas get caught in our shells, and that the creamy dressing clings to them as well. There are endless variations on pasta salads, but this one is sure to please even the pickiest of potluck attenders.

One of our favorite things about this BBQ side? It can easily be made ahead of time. Make it ahead in the morning (or the night before), then refrigerate until ready to serve.

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